It was no great revelation that a side containing no fewer than eight midfielders produced an uneven performance.
Walter Zenga’s maverick team selections are fast becoming a feature of the season, but thankfully, so is winning.
Chances were created, squandered and freely gifted as the manager’s experimental lineup just about carried Wolves into round three.
Credit Cambridge for showing great spirit, particularly from two down to make a real fist of things. They’ll feel with a bit more luck, they could have extended the tie.
Makeshift forward Helder Costa was the major plus point, scoring and assisting goals as well as winning the second half penalty that should have put the tie to bed.
We saw glimpses of ability in a short cameo against Ipswich, but this was his first real opportunity to make a meaningful contribution and he did just that, showcasing the pace and skill we all hoped he possessed.
Jed Wallace carried on where he left off against Birmingham, also scoring and assisting in another useful display. He probably should have found the net again at least once more, but can still feel pleased about his night’s work.
Anyone wandering down to Molineux hoping to see debuts for Ola John and Cameron Borthwick-Jackson will have left disappointed as neither featured despite the latter making it onto the bench.
Already you sense Zenga wants to feel his players understand precisely what they must do before they’re thrust into the action.
Prince Oniangue was given a soft launch at St Andrew’s on Saturday and a first start in this one, but struggled to sustain a promising start and soon faded. His mere physical presence alone in the middle of the park provides reassurance though.
Several of the old guard disappointed with James Henry, Dominic Iorfa and Kortney Hause all looking off their game.
Henry struggled to put things together and fluffed his chance to get on the scoresheet with a meek penalty, whereas Hause and Iorfa were less than convincing as a center half pairing.
With yet another new midfielder sitting in the stands last night, we still need that experienced head at the back to supplement the potential of those promising young defenders.
Similarly, there were no like-for-like replacements for Bodvarsson or Mason, hence the makeshift attack.
But in stark contrast to recent years, I fully expect those issues to be addressed before the end of August.
Onwards and upwards.