Wolves are up to six points in the Premier League now, after recording a second win of the season against Southampton.

Following two very disappointing results against Brentford and Tottenham Hotspur, Bruno Lage’s team bounced back with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over the Saints.

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Raul Jimenez’s second-half goal was the difference between the two sides.

The striker latched onto a Jose Sa long ball, before beating two defenders to score.

It was a brilliant result for Wolves, without necessarily playing all that well.

Lage undoubtedly raised a few eyebrows with his team selection yesterday.

The biggest calls were Adama Traore and Ruben Neves being left on the bench.

Hwang Hee-chan and Leander Dendoncker were their replacements, and Daniel Podence also came in for Francisco Trincao.

Interestingly, Lage decided to name young Louie Moulden on the bench, as well as veteran John Ruddy.

The summer signing from Manchester City has been with the U23s so far this term, but found himself in yesterday’s matchday squad.

 

It is quite rare for a manager to name two goalkeepers on the bench.

One wonders if Lage was sending a subtle message to Fosun.

Was Lage trying to make a point?

It was strange to see both Moulden and Ruddy on the bench.

Perhaps this was Lage trying to say to Fosun that he feels he has a lack of options.

Wolves have a small squad, that feels even smaller with the likes of Pedro Neto, Yerson Mosquera and Jonny Castro Otto all sidelined.

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It will be interesting to see if this is something Lage does again in the coming weeks.

Wolves were in the market for new faces on transfer deadline day but ultimately didn’t bring anyone in.

That was despite Lage publicly stating that he wanted a few new additions.

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