Wolverhampton Wanderers may be going up, but they won't be taking this record with them.
While the excitement around Molineux is building ahead of their impending promotion to the Premier League, there’s one aspect of their run which has quietly been swept under the rug – and that’s the fact that they can no longer break Reading’s legendary 106-points record which was set over a decade ago.
The 2-2 draw against Hull City last week confirmed that the Royals would hold onto this long-standing record for at least another year, and considering the kind of season they’ve been forced to sit through, that’s probably going to be one of their highlights.
One of the most fascinating things about this is that the quality of both the teams and the division itself is so dramatically different.
We’re in an era now whereby most of the teams in the Championship have the money necessary to make some big moves in the summer transfer market, and as a result, the ‘hoof ball’ mentality is slowly being exiled on a week to week basis.
As a result, this Wolverhampton Wanderers squad is far and away more talented than Reading’s back in the day. They spent well to acquire it, obviously, but Nuno Espirito Santo has been able to harness their potential which has led to some phenomenal performances.
On the contrary, Reading’s team was primarily made up of British talent who were just able to gel as a unit more so than anyone else in the league.
Neither method is more accurate or effective than the other, as we’ve seen by their respective domination of the league, and it confirms just how unpredictable the Championship is. One year you can have a team run away with the title, and the next, several teams can be vying for the top two spots until the final day.
The Madejski faithful won’t want to let Wolves fans forget about this anytime soon, but if we've learnt anything about this team over the last eight months, it’s that there’s very little that can faze them.
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