14 challenges remain but only one side can now realistically prevent Wolves from an immediate return to the Championship.
That team is Wolverhampton Wanderers.
He’d never admit it but I bet Kenny Jackett loses more sleep over injuries, suspensions and old fashioned bad luck than he does over Walsall, Rotherham and Leyton Orient.
Who could blame him?
His players proved emphatically yet again yesterday that they’re too good for anything League One can offer up.
Consecutive victory number seven looked like being a contest for nearly an hour, as Wolves poked and probed without infiltrating a workmanlike Port Vale stockade.
During the same period, consecutive cleansheet number five looked in peril after Jack Price’s uncharacteristic giveaway, only for Tom Pope to charitably blaze over.
But after Bakary Sako shaked and shimmied his way into a yard of space and saw a deflected shot loop over Chris Neal, the home side could once more engage cruise control.
Nouha Dicko filled his boots as tired legs opened up spaces – the second of his goals showcasing the raw pace, power and skill he has in refreshing abundance.
The only blemish of course being his failed hat-trick attempt from the penalty spot, which we hopefully won’t have to reflect on should goal difference become a promotion-defining statistic.
On the subject of goals scored, three should have again been five or six. Ricketts hit the bar, Dicko was twice hesitant on the rebound and on countless occasions the final ball wasn’t quite measured correctly.
But it’s almost impossible to envisage the net won’t continue to bulge with regularity as all over the pitch gold-shirted players commit their man, gallop into space and ask uncomfortable questions of the opposition.
Consistency breads success and it’s been pleasing to see Wolves maintain such high performance levels for well over two months, particularly at home where the journey seldom runs smooth.
It’s a credit to management and players that where once Molineux hoped, now Molineux expects.
But with nine of the remaining battles to be hosted elsewhere, it will be what this ever-improving Wolves side can do away from Molineux that could ultimately define their destiny.
It’s a destiny though, which is firmly their own.