I said to Paul Lambert back in November that we should adopt Jurgen Klopp’s ‘entertainment first’ philosophy.
Serve up something exciting and win, lose or draw the fans will come back desperate for more.
Given the nature of this unspeakably grim affair, it will take a seismic effort for even the most optimistic to summon the strength to reconvene on Tuesday.
Nobody expected total football but I’m sorry Paul, it should never have been this bad.
Sure, Blackburn played three at the back, swamped the midfield and tried to eek out an ugly win to preserve their Championship status.
But their situation is understandable.
Wolves in contrast should have been able to play with freedom and adventure having escaped the shackles of responsibility.
Instead they were leaden footed and lacking ideas throughout in one of the most inept outings of the season to date – and that’s saying something.
The team selection set the tone.
Sure you can argue it’s the same eleven that saw off Leeds, but going to Elland Road and setting up camp is a much different proposition to breaking down a side on the cusp of relegation – at home.
George Saville playing left midfield at Molineux should be forbidden. I feel genuine sympathy for him being deployed in a position to which he patently isn’t suited.
And when Matt Doherty limped off with a hamstring injury in the first half, good old George was shunted into the back four.
That meant no width being offered on either flank with neither Coady or Saville comfortable getting forward to expose Blackburn’s defensive shape.
In a repeat of that desperately poor showing against Rotherham, it was then left to everyone else to flap about hoping that something would magically happen.
Saiss lashed cross field balls out of play, Edwards ran around in no particular direction and Cavaleiro repeatedly fell over.
A total shambles.
It would be unfair not to mention back-to-back cleansheets, which is a grain of comfort. I thought Conor Coady in particular put in some wonderful tackles and clearances.
But we needed grit and effort two months ago when things were going south.
With nothing left to play for there is only value in entertainment.
And we are not entertained.