Brentford’s admirable 19 game unbeaten run had led to suggestions that they’d ‘forgotten how to lose’.
By 4.45pm yesterday afternoon, Wolves had dealt them a painful reminder.
And although the lop-sided scoreline might have raised an eyebrow, the result surprised nobody of an old-gold persuasion.
This sort of emphatic, statement-making performance has been bubbling to the surface for well over two months.
The fact that Kenny Jackett’s side were able to deliver it in arguably their greatest challenge to date just makes it all the more impressive.
Only James Henry knows if luck or judgment gave the visitors the lead, as his looping cross shot nestled in the corner of the net with the last kick of the first half.
But from that point on, all the characteristics that have made this Wolves side so successful in recent times strutted confidently to the fore.
They defended ‘stoutly’ (Kenny’s word not mine), broke away at pace and when opportunity presented itself, punished the opposition with ruthless efficiency.
The stability at the back has been there all season of course, ensuring that even when full throttle wasn’t fully engaged, the points were still being steadily accumulated.
But the arrival of Michael Jacobs and the switch to a more open, fluid formation, has added some much needed razzle-dazzle.
Nouha Dicko has been yet another shrewd addition, stretching defences with his powerful runs in behind, which create spaces for the likes of Jacobs, Sako and Henry to exploit.
And boy, are those three filling their boots.
Jacobs will deservedly grab the headlines for a second consecutive weekend, as his two excellent finishes took the game away from the league leaders.
But Bakary Sako was truly imperious, assisting both of those goals with the sort of quality that underlines just how vital it was for Wolves to retain his services.
The third goal in particular, which started with Scott Golbourne juggling the ball on the touchline before an outrageous Sako backheel opened the gates for the full-back to lay a cross into the patch of Jacobs, was a thing of beauty.
Had Barcelona scored it at the Etihad in midweek, it would still be getting dissected by studio hacks this morning.
In that respect, it was disappointing that nobody in the Brentford camp, including manager Mark Warburton, acknowledged the opposition’s performance.
Forgetting how to lose is one thing, forgetting how to be magnanimous in defeat is another.