If Kenny Jackett isn’t as enraged as the skies were at the moment a freak monsoon drenched us at 7.40pm, then he has every right to be.
The Chris Wood deal dead in the water, Northampton Town singing in the rain and his League Cup runneth o’er with bile as three wonderfully worked first half goals were chalked off for offside.
On another night, his half time team-talk would have been simple, with his side deservedly 3-0 up against a Cobblers team who were presumably told to seize the day, such was the freak substance of a night like this.
From our long distance vantage point away from the North Bank goal, it was impossible to tell if all three decisions were correct or not, but both Leon Clarke’s finishes – from well worked positions – appeared to arrive from behind the play when the ball was initially played. I could be wrong (and presume I am).
When Jacobs arrived to slot home a third disallowed effort shortly afterwards, you sensed it was one of those evenings.
Not once, twice, but three times my sodden jeans sent a cold, constricting cuddle to my thighs as I stood to cheer, only to sit back down and shiver at the discomfort that simply wasn’t warranted.
Northampton Town boss Chris Wilder must have given a pep-talk to exceed his wildest dreams as his side snuffed out our architect Michael Jacobs in the second period, who became so significantly anonymous.
With momentum swirling in the sky like a miserable big raincloud, Cobblers struck past the worryingly porous McCarey and that was the start of the deluge.
A soft goal from a corner – featuring no man on the far post – made it 2-0 and despite an instant rally when Dicko (x1) and Sako came off the bench, Kenny Jackett’s footballing umbrella was turned inside out when an even poorer goal was conceded through a combined cock-up between Ricketts (x1) and McCarey, who stood and watched as Northampton’s D’Ath won it.
On another day things might have been different for Kenny Jackett, who deserved this outcome as much as any waterlogged fan caught cold on Waterloo Road.
Life at Molineux is seldom so straightforward.
McCarey: Poor. All three goals arguably preventable but more worryingly, his lack of presence more noticeable. Don’t get injured Ikeme! 5
Doherty: Good going forward, space occasionally exploited behind him as we pushed to get back in the game. 6
Ricketts: Good goal to equalise, but can’t have been pleased in his part for Northampton’s third. 6
Ebanks-Landell: Not a great game as he failed to dominate physically as Batth so usually does. Not a ready-made replacement on this showing. 5
Stearman: A fair game, but a completely different proposition without his Brierley Hill battler alongside. 6
Henry: Always a willing outlet but the end product missing, as appeared to be a yard of pace to really hurt Northampton. Subbed. 6
Evans: Ultimately a poor game on second period showing. Flattered to deceive and in a game you’d expect him to grab by the scruff of the neck, he didn’t. Occasionally sloppy. 5
Price: Like Evans, you expect him to boss the midfield against League 2 opponents. Failed to do so and was too often anonymous. 5
Jacobs: Great first half, shackled completely during the second. The game hinged on this. 6
McAlinden: Set-up both goals during his best spell of the game. A clear outlet and looks visibly quicker and stronger. Got their right back subbed who couldn’t control him. Faded. Subbed. 7
Clarke: I’m in a minority to feel for Leon. Should be reflecting on two good goals having occupied their centre halves well. A linesman’s flag denied him and he looked typically unhappy when subbed. Rotten luck in my opinion, which doesn’t bode well for a guy already short on the stuff. 6
Dicko: Injection of pace up top livened the affair and took his goal well. Another we can’t afford to lose through injury. 7
Sako: Typically lively and should really have hit the target to make it 3-3 after an Evans through ball. 6
Edwards: Not a great deal of time to do a lot. 6