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Verdict: Fans impressed with transformed Wolves

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Our fans bask in a very welcome Molineux victory as Wolves make it four wins on the bounce.

Heather Large

What's your verdict on the match? A very enjoyable match to watch and a great result bringing us three points closer to safety.

Add to that the instant contender for goal of the season and it was a perfect afternoon!

We were very much in control - a stark contrast to the Rotherham game where we showed little desire to take charge.

We looked threatening going forward and solid at the back - apart from that slight hiccup which led to Cardiff's goal.

I was slightly concerned after they equalised because we started to lose our momentum for a while and we seemed to be gifting them the ball.

But we handled the pressure well and after we scored our second, there was only one team that really looked like winning.

Danny Batth may get some stick but you could not fault either his performance or those perfect headers yesterday.

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As for Helder Costa's goal - I can't stop watching it! Pure brilliance.

Looking forward to Tuesday night now and hoping we can continue this winning streak until the end of the season.

Who played well - and who didn't impress? Hard to pick a man of a match from the many contenders - it was a great all around team performance.

We had the Duracell Bunny-like antics of Andreas Weimann and Dave Edwards, the solid partnership of Batth and Kortney Hause, the assured performance by Ben Marshall and the touch of class from Costa.

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Rob Cartwright

What's your verdict on the match? The international break came at a bad time for Wolves, so it was anybody's guess what or who we would see.

As it was, the same team was rightly selected, with the exception of the injured Ikeme. We do not have good cover in that department.

This was a very encouraging performance against another of the 'in form' teams. Cardiff are big and strong and I feared the game was slipping away from us in the first half, but we came back stronger during the second. I think that we showed that little bit of quality that Cardiff do not possess and timely subs gave us the momentum to go on and win the game

The big positive is the creativity of Costa, Caveliero and now Marshall too. It is no surprise that as the shots ratio increases, so does the goals scored!

My only criticism is that some of our build up play was painfully slow and laborious. This makes it so easy for opponents to get behind the ball in numbers. Sort this one out and we will really fly.

Who played well - and who didn't impress? The back four all did well. Danny had his best game for a long time, spurred on by his early goal. I also felt Coady stood out with good tackling and improved distribution. After all, they were playing in front it a 'dodgy keeper'!

In midfield, Edwards and Evans had a quiet but effective day roughing it up with the big guys. Costa did well and was able to show some trickery mesmerising the Cardiff defence with both feet. Marshall isn't the quickest but he can pass a ball short and long, making our set pieces a threat. Cavaleiro never really got going, but no lack of effort.

Weimann is relishing his role up front. I still think he goes out wide too often but he has the shirt on merit.

Overall, a very pleasing day. I retired to the North Bank bar happy with the result and performance. I was left a little underwhelmed by the new flags which made me smile. That said, I think it's a good idea and I look forward to seeing them added to in the weeks ahead.

Sarah Connolly

What's your verdict on the match? Just what the doctor ordered...a convincing win at home. Four on the bounce and our end of season rollercoaster is looking a lot different to a few weeks ago.

Yes, there are still things that we need to work on and improve. But you can already see improvements from a few weeks ago, and that front attacking line has gelled extremely well. All we ask for is to see the team give a good performance, and that's what we got yesterday.

Three well worked goals and also some very good missed chances. Bit shaky in midfield at times but we all know we need to improve there. The back four worked very well together I thought, and all of them had a very good game.

Also exciting to see a front attacking line who are creating some good football at times, it's certainly getting the crowd back on side.

Lambert's celebration for the third goal was incredible. Shame there isn't a video of it yet - don't tell me that man isn't passionate! He's got it right the last few games, and it was nice to see the South Bank applaud him at the end of the game.

I hope he gets the summer, along with a bit of funding to shape his own team. Without Costa next season we will need to invest in another creative outlet and invest in a 20 goal a season striker. Then who knows where it might take us? Doesn't hurt to dream.

Who played well - and who didn't impress? Costa will rightly win plaudits for that naughty little goal that we all can't stop watching, but for me, Marshall was the stand out man yesterday.

As one who maybe didn't start off so brightly, he's now settled into the team and we can all see why Lambert took him at such a bargain price. As much as I want to keep re-watching Costa's twinkling feet, Marshall's cross for Batth was equally as sublime.

He's made such a difference in the last few games and we're starting to see what we'd badly missed - someone who can whip a good cross in. A total bargain - we've robbed them.

Have to mention Coady too - thought he had probably one of the best games I've seen him play. Batth also. Scored two but also seemed more in command and was in the right place at the right time. Thanks also to Danny for making my mother's night at the petrol station, what a lad.

The only two players I wasn't overly convinced about were Evans and Lonergan. Lonergan looked very shaky at times, and was all over the place for their goal. Also needs to work on his kicking. We don't half miss Ikeme when he's gone.

All in all, a very happy fan. Four points from the next two games and I think we can start to look towards next season rather than looking behind us.

Russ Evers (Hatherton Wolves)

What's your verdict on the match? Due to holiday commitments this was my first game for four weeks and it was mainly a pleasure to witness how things have turned.

At the back we looked generally solid and in midfield we seemed to put in and win a lot more tackles than during the horror month of February.

And then we have the strikers playing as a unit rather than just having an isolated front man. Marshall and Weimann wasted little if anything and Costa scored the type of goal that may well have the Premier League big boys getting their cheque books out.

Yes we had a few hairy moments as every team does but this ended up being a comfortably deserved win that could have been 4-1 had we not contrived to miss an almost four-on-one chance later on but you can't have everything.

It does seem like the smiles are back.

Who played well - and who didn't impress? Batth had a great game and came close to a hat trick but Lonergan looked very rusty.

Russ Cockburn

What's your verdict on the match? Four wins in a row, yes you did read that right…four wins in a row. Better still, it was achieved by beating sour faced Warnock at his own game and a moment of sheer brilliance by one of the best players I've ever seen at Molineux.

Yesterday was a big test, make no bones about it. Cardiff were in decent form and the Molineux hoodoo was rearing large after two impressive away performances. However, instead of shrinking back into their shells, the players stepped up to the plate, especially second half where we played some really good stuff.

If you were being really critical you could point to the Gunnarsson miss half way through the first half as a massive turning point. If that goes in and we fall 2-1 behind I get the feeling there may have been a different vibe around the stadium.

Thankfully it didn't and we eased our way to a vital three points that makes safety nearly a certainty. A lot of credit should be given to Lambert for the way he has rectified a poor run and there are some signs to suggest we are developing a style that, with a few key additions, could move us towards a promotion push next year.

Danny Batth's return to form was illustrated with two excellent headers. His brace meant he has scored more goals in 41 minutes than Dicko and Bodvarsson have in their last 50 combined. Needless to say we need a striker who can score next year.

His partner in crime Kortney Hause had another solid performance and is looking the centre back we all thought he could be.

Step forward Ben Marshall. I admit I was harsh on him when he first signed as he looked like an overweight member of a Take That tribute band. However, now he's up to speed he's making a real difference to our midfield and his delivery is something else.

It makes a real difference to have someone who can put the ball into dangerous areas on a regular basis and, a few times yesterday, he played delicious through balls that picked out Dave's surging runs.

Then we have the genius that is Helder Costa. He wasn't at his best yesterday, yet the third goal proved why you should never take him off.

His dummy not only sent the Cardiff centre-back and keeper the wrong way, but also sent most of the South Bank back to the Dog and Doublet. It really was that good and I doubt there is another player in our team that could pull off that type of skill. It also added another £5m to his transfer fee if he goes in the summer.

Who played well - and who didn't impress? In terms of other performances, I was disappointed with Lonergan. He was in no man's land for their goal and was as comfortable with crosses as a Transylvanian vampire. The shot that hit the post also looked like it was going in slow motion. Need Ikeme back and quick.

Man of the match for me was Conor Coady. He's made the right-back slot his own and offered a calm head against a difficult opponent yesterday, as well as contributing to some decent forward moves.

Peter Abbott (London Wolves)

What's your verdict on the match? Home game nervousness at the Mol was blown away early by fast-footed attacks from all of Costa, Cavaleiro and Weimann. Then Ben Marshall loaded two excellent "thank you very much" balls into Danny Batth to score a couple of decent headed goals.

In between, Andy Lonergan, playing due to Carl Ikeme's slight hamstring injury, was caught out by a Cardiff attacker quite literally, right in front of him, before equalising.

Away form transferred to the Mol, same outfield line-up with new found confidence so no half time blues this week and an exciting game to boot.

Although Cardiff started the second half slightly on top and with the referee agitating all home fans after two successive fouls gleaned them the free kick even though their guy was booked, noise levels heightened. Evans and Edwards were now beginning to run the game in midfield and Cardiff knew it.

Costa's breakaway set up Weimann for what I thought was going to seal the victory but he and then Edwards contrived to allow the goalkeeper to win that one.

Soon making amends though, Edwards' perfect tackle and quick pass brought the moment of the match as Costa completely dummied both defender and goalie to score the easiest of, but superb goals - great skills not often seen at the Mol. 72 points still on!

Who played well - and who didn't impress? Mulling over whether Batth for his goals, Evans or Edwards for taking over the midfield, Costa for his great goal or Weimann or Marshall for their effortless appetite in the game. Decisions, decisions.

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