The first Black Country derby in just under nine years was not disappointing as West Brom beat Wolves 3-2 to give Sam Allardyce his first win as their leader.
Feistiness was on display right from the get-go when Willy Boly brought Callum Robinson down to give away a penalty that Matheus Pereira easily scored in just the eighth minute.
Boly then made amends with a backheel assist for Wolves’ equalizer and 18-year-old Fabio Silva’s first Molineux attempt, before scoring himself only five minutes later.
However, the Baggies came out all guns blazing after the half-time break with Semi Ajayi making it 2-2 thanks to his looping header in the 52nd minute.
As Robinson once again received a penalty scored by Pereira, Wolves defenders could then be forgiven for having a sense of déjà vu to lead 3-2 this time.
West Brom was able to hold on thanks to some valiant defending, ensuring that the gap was reduced to a mere three points adrift of safety.
Next, they visit West Ham on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, Friday’s FA Cup 4th Round tie against National League North side Chorley is the next outing for Wolves.