Toti Gomes was the match-winner for Wolves against Aston Villa yesterday, and Julen Lopetegui’s side are now as good as safe.
Wanderers have now made it to the magical 40 point mark. The club sit 10 points clear of the relegation zone.
It has been a rollercoaster season. But this latest result pretty much removes any lingering doubts about Wolves.
It wasn’t one of Wolves’ best performances at Molineux.
Villa, pushing for European football, threatened throughout.
But they couldn’t breach the Wolves defence, with the two centre-backs particularly outstanding.
It was Toti who stole the headlines, scoring his first goal for Wolves with a brilliant header in the first-half.
He rose high to meet Ruben Neves’ corner and power his header in off the crossbar.
There will have been few players in the Wolves squad fans would have liked to score more than Toti.
The 24-year-old came into the starting XI against Nottingham Forest at the start of April, and has been absolutely rock-solid for Wolves.
The star has barely put a foot wrong, excelling defensively and even offering a little going forwards.
After yesterday’s game, Lopetegui praised the Portuguese star, suggesting Wolves are a stronger outfit with him in the side.
The manager has now praised Toti a few times publicly this season, and recently suggested his hard work was behind his decision to keep picking him.
After the win over Villa, Toti took to Instagram to commemorate his first goal for the club, writing ‘This is how we do on the derby! Fantastic win today, proud of the guys. Grateful to have scored my first goal for @wolves and thank you to all the fans for the incredible atmosphere you created today!’
There were lots of comments from fans hailing Toti.
A few Wolves players, like Mario Lemina, Dan Bentley and Daniel Podence, also left messages of support. Captain Ruben Neves perhaps said it best, writing ‘More than deserved’.
Given the way Toti had a potential winning goal against Liverpool in the FA Cup taken away from him back in January, this was certainly a sweet moment for him and as Neves says, very much deserved.