It’s a derby day delight for the old gold on Monday night’s Big Match Revisited, as Wolves’ victory over West Bromwich Albion at Molineux back in 2011 is replayed.
The latest episode, which premieres at 8pm on Monday, sees Mikey Burrows and Chris Iwelumo dissect a crucial 3-1 victory over the Baggies with the help of those involved on the day, including the leader of the ship, Mick McCarthy.
The club's former manager joins Stephen Hunt, Stephen Ward and George Elokobi in looking back on the Molineux win which proved vital for Wolves' survival hopes.
In the mire of a relegation battle, Wolves produced a perfect display at a noisy Molineux, making the ideal start as Steven Fletcher and Adlene Guedioura set each other up for the opening two goals before the break.
Fletcher then slotted in the third, before a late Albion penalty, and supporters can watch back the full 90 minutes, with the analysis of the stars at the time, on YouTube at 8pm.
Like so often before, Ward was utilised as a makeshift striker on the day, and knew the importance of the fixture pre-match, saying: “We were in an awkward position. There were four or five teams fighting, but on the back of winning this, the confidence we bred to go to Sunderland and win was unbelievable.
“It’s only the last four or five games that define a season, we weren’t expected to stay up, and we stayed up by the skin of our teeth, albeit with 40 points, which would have kept us up many years.”
Ward’s tireless display was matched by fellow Irishman Hunt wide left, and he felt the buzz of a derby day pre-match. He said: “I was looking forward to the derby game. Any derby game doesn’t need much motivation from the manager, everyone gets a fell from the ground, coming in, so I was looking forward to it.
“I’d say this game is one of the main reasons we stayed up. During the season, sometimes you get into a rot and you can’t win games, and you grind out a win. I think Mick had a go-to page to get us back on track. OK, we’d lost three or four in a row, we tried to be expansive, but this was Mick’s way of getting back to it and trying to get some points on the board.”
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