I don’t begrudge Cardiff the victory.
They battered Wolves into the ground and were good value for their win.
OK, the goals were a consequence of Rui Patricio’s hesitancy and a sublime moment of skill from Junior Hoilett but on the overall balance of play the home side always looked the more likely.
As they did last season, Wolves dropped deep from the off and were content to do aerial battle in the hope of springing a counter attack.
That seemed like a shrewd plan once Matt Doherty had finished superbly after an equally smart Raul Jimenez header was clawed out.
There were chances for a second but for every smart Traore run their was an equally comical slip, trip or poorly executed pass.
But it felt like our record signing was doing it all alone with Jimenez too often gobbled up by Bamba and co and Helder Costa giving the ball away every single time it came near him.
Costa should have been hooked at half time after another 45 of infuriating incompetence and it’s a concern Nuno didn’t reach the same conclusion.
Equally worrying for the head coach is how few passes his team put together with possession routinely turned over all evening.
Having got the foothold with the first goal, the script seemed written for Neves and Moutinho to dictate the tempo of the game and create opportunities.
But again, the game passed both of them by and instead of using the ball intelligently to relieve Cardiff pressure, too often they shellacked it long more in hope than expectation.
Despite the concession of two goals it’s tough to find fault with the defence, particularly Boly who was the outstanding player on the pitch.
But Coady and the returning Saiss were equally faultless in dealing with the predictable barrage from deep.
Questions should rightly be asked of Patricio for the equaliser despite the bump he received in the build up. Once a goalkeeper comes for the ball and then hesitates, there’s usually trouble afoot and so it proved.
It’s premature to be calling for the return of Ruddy, but with April’s victory on the same ground still fresh in the memory the Portuguese couldn’t have picked a worse moment to wobble.
Nuno was right to point out his team needed more possession, but it didn’t feel like they went out with the intention of dominating the ball.
It was all too passive, too slow and too deep against a team who thrive on hesitancy and the space to puts balls into the area.
The setup and the execution were both some way off and that is problematic.
Better needed Wolves.