The momentum swung on more than one occasion when Championship table-toppers Wolves visited in-form play-off chasers Middlesbrough on Good Friday.
After a closely fought opening half hour, two goals in five minutes from Helder Costa and Ivan Cavaleiro looked to have taken the game away from Tony Pulis’ side and Wolves went in 2-0 up at the break.
It should have been relatively plain sailing from there but the visiting players lost their heads after George Friend went unpunished when they felt the Englishman had brought down Costa when he was through on goal.
After that, Ruben Neves and Matt Doherty deservedly picked up second yellow cards, which left Nuno Santo’s side to play the final 19 minutes, plus stoppage time, with just nine men.
Despite their numerical advantage, Boro just couldn’t find the space to create the chances to get them back into the game and Patrick Bamford’s goal came too late to be anything more than a consolation.
Wolves fans absolutely loved their side’s battling 2-1 win and we’ve taken a closer look at the best of the reaction to a dramatic night as Santo’s men took another huge step towards the Premier League…
Middlesbrough's 12 men couldn't beat Wolves' 9.
— Simon Rutter (@SimonRRutter) March 30, 2018
The number of players needed to beat Middlesborough and the number of points between Wolves and the promised land … pic.twitter.com/vft3Vdx9LY
— Jonathan White (@JonathanWhite2) March 30, 2018
What a performance. We only need 9 men.
— Billy (@BolyTheBeast) March 30, 2018
Well done wolves squeaky bum time last 30 mins but we did it wolves ay we
— Danny (@p_e_z_z_a) March 30, 2018
Well deserved wolves – ref caused problems which is a shame but there again only way boro were gonna get in the game
— Neil Bushnell (@NeilBushnell) March 30, 2018
— Sunny (@WorstDetective) March 30, 2018
Quite possibly the most important result this year. Well done lads, onwards and upwards ??
— Pete Murphy (@spudgolfer) March 30, 2018
Thank Christ for that
— Mitchell Blakemore (@Blakey_Mitchell) March 30, 2018
9 against 12 and the nine men see it through. Brilliant lads.
— Neil Willner (@NeilWillner) March 30, 2018
9 men? No problem
— Toby (@Thebodzzz) March 30, 2018
That referee was shocking and his actions alone created all the subsequent issues. There is no refereeing consistency. Their standard is reducing dramatically.
We still win when it's 12 v 9!!!! IN NUNO WE TRUST!
— Jim (@Clements_Plant) March 31, 2018