If the intent was to banish the anger surrounding the club’s transfer failings, things couldn’t have gone much worse.
Squandering a two goal lead and being dominated at home by the league’s bottom club certainly wasn’t the plan as Jez Moxey prepares to lick the envelopes on those ever less enticing Early Birds.
An attacking trio of Rowe, Sigurdarson and van La Parra almost felt like a dirty protest from the head coach, serving to underline a crippling lack of resources and the rapid deterioration of a once talented squad.
Sure it was nice to see Joe Mason emerge from the pocket to stroke home a debut goal, but our marquee January signing was almost totally anonymous from there on out.
He can hardly shoulder the blame though.
How can a number 10 expect to thrive when the players around him are only interested in hit and hope?
We used to play the ball out from the back, looking to thread it between lines or failing that out wide to a player with the pace and skill to make something happen.
Last night was ‘shut your eyes and hope for the best’. Lash it forward and make Siggy run.
It was only thanks to overly generous Bolton defending and a fine solo goal from James Henry that Wolves somehow worked themselves into a winning position.
Quite how they managed to surrender it against a team who, for all their dominance, looked incapable of testing Carl Ikeme, is really anyone’s guess.
Yet somehow it felt right.
To have emerged victorious would have been a tonic, but contradictory to the almost unanimous sense of displeasure surrounding the events of January.
This was a more fitting climax to another episode of misery in what’s already been a season of continual disappointment.
Scratching around for positives, it seems likely there will be loan additions, Kenny Jackett can certainly select a better eleven and we’re mercifully a safe distance from relegation peril (for the moment).
But less than six months after the club defiantly stated the goal was to improve on last season, we’re all left wondering how they got things so completely and utterly wrong?