It’ll always be difficult to reflect on this season without thinking ‘what if?’.
What if we’d just kept things a bit tighter in that difficult November?
What if we’d not thrown away that three goal lead at Millwall?
What if Scott Golbourne had just put the ball in the stand at St. Andrew’s?
What if we’d beaten Ipswich? Or drew at Middlesbrough?
What if? What if? What if?
Opinions will vary about where that extra point or those handful of goals could have been gained, but it’s a fruitless exercise.
As many have pointed out, every team can cite stumbles over their own 46 game journey.
So a more pertinent question we should perhaps spend the coming weeks focusing on is ‘what now?’.
What must be done in the summer months to ensure this burgeoning Wolves side are adequately equipped to go at least one better next season?
Replacing Bakary Sako will be high on the to-do list for Kenny and co. His goals and assists alone will leave a gaping chasm in our armoury that even two players may struggle to fill.
The winger toiled for much of this game but still walked off the pitch (after a tearful farewell) having played a part in all four of the goals scored (including one signature strike of his own).
Needless to say, his exit must be the only significant outgoing business we do. Any approaches for the likes of McDonald, Afobe and Dicko must be aggressively rebuffed.
Dicko took his tally to 15 yesterday; a solid return given mid-season injury woes. Even without Sako, one would expect him to better that total next year.
And if Benik Afobe can come anywhere near a repeat performance, scoring goals should not represent the challenge it was for parts of this season.
Kevin McDonald remains the fulcrum of the team and I suspect Kenny Jackett may – for a second consecutive summer – attempt to unearth a suitable foil for his considerable talents.
Jack Price made a better fist of it than most, but is the head coach suitably convinced the pint sized passing machine can go the distance in the Championship hurly burly?
Defensively, it might be an internal shake-up rather than external recruitment that delivers progress. Both Hause and Ebanks-Landell could inject the pace and physical presence that’s been too often lacking.
Meanwhile, Dominic Iorfa looks the complete package at full back, leaving the highly capable Matt Doherty out in the wilderness.
And who knows how many other prospects may emerge from the academy next season giving Kenny Jackett an even wider pool to choose from?
Goalkeeping cover will be on the agenda with the flamboyance of Thomas Kuszczak dividing opinion. Love him or hate him, I think he could have done better with both Millwall goals yesterday.
Unquestionably though, the greatest challenge next season will be handling the weight of expectation. Progress has been as swift as it is impressive since that gloomy day at Brighton exactly two years ago.
The club, the manager and players are all victims of their own success, meaning there will be no debate about what constitutes success and failure come August.
Molineux no longer hopes, it expects.
And when that’s the case, there’s little tolerance for ‘what ifs’.