If football victories were Christmas presents, then the majority of 22,693 were treated to a pack of socks against Crewe Alexandra.
It wasn’t particularly exciting or original, but securing a first win in four was a useful present that will definitely serve a purpose.
Having torn away the wrapping paper, this Boxing Day gift was pretty modest on the eye, with more questions being thrown up for manager Kenny Jackett to ponder.
In playing his favoured 4-4-1-1 – featuring Edwards behind Cassidy – Wolves looked functional enough, but not nearly threatening enough to trouble the league’s worst defence, which had conceded 43 goals until today.
Neither did we look resolute enough to banish all thoughts of the bottom side scoring, as seen in the dying seconds of normal time when a huge chance was spurned with the score at 1-0.
Thankfully for us they missed, we scored, and the three points that followed offered similar levels of comfort to a good old pair of Christmas socks.
The overriding question for Jackett now is how to make this team more plausible as an attacking force, without compromising the conservative approach he appears to crave.
Despite the spectacle being largely attritional, it still offered enough to suggest that an answer isn’t far away.
Jack Price was a personal man-of-the-match thanks to an industrious, selfless showing in midfield which gave McDonald licence to move forward, particularly in the second half. Surely this is the future for the big Scot, who flourished when he first signed in a similar role.
James Henry and Michael Jacobs were intelligent, intuitive outlets either side and when Leigh Griffiths eventually came on for the one-dimensional Edwards, we looked a proper team.
The sight of our cult hero lashing the ball home in front of an adoring South Bank in injury time was as uplifting as it was perplexing.
How can a constant goal threat with 13 strikes to his name be warming the bench while Jackett’s ridiculously inferior alternatives struggled in his place?
By bringing the top scorer on during the second half, Crewe were finally forced to turn around and defend, instead of serenely play around with the ball in front of their back four, much like MK Dons did.
With the defence taking care of itself – only to be strengthened whenever Doherty returns – this team isn’t too far away from being where Jackett would want it to be.
He deserves huge credit to have arrived at this point having picked the bones from a footballing bombsite only five months ago.
Hopefully, he is now holding out for the January sales where the acquisition of some raw pace up front would be infinitely more exciting than today’s Christmas gift.