I suppose this result was predictable given the way I’ve lambasted our defence in recent weeks.
But hats off to Batth, Stearman and co for a much needed cleansheet to help secure a very useful point against a solid Wednesday otufit.
Carl Ikeme also deserves a pat on the back for one particularly fine stop to keep the scores level. His contribution has been questioned lately but I think he’s a reliable number one for second tier football.
The only downside to the afternoon is that we couldn’t put the ball in the net at the other end.
Two strong penalty shouts were turned down, the woodwork took several rattles and continued wastefulness from our forwards meant the winning moment failed to materialise.
But again, how the team approached the game and their general play was positive. Paul Lambert said he wants to get on the front foot and his selections in recent times mirror that comment.
Even by taking out Dicko, Caveleiro and Enobokhare today the team was able to retain fluidity with Bodvarsson, Mason and young Connor Ronan equally proficient in possession.
Ronan in particular caught the eye in his first Championship start and was universally praised afterwards. Lambert said it was the best debut he’d seen and his trust in the teenager suggests there are more opportunities to come.
The same can probably be said of Joe Mason. He squandered the golden chance today, scooping over the bar when it seemed almost impossible to miss. He has a wonderful knack of getting into great positions but then wasting the chances that fall his way.
Nearly a year into his Wolves career and I still don’t quite know what to make of the busy forward, but he’ll need to re-discover his shooting boots if he wants to survive beyond May.
By my reckoning it’s now four and a half months since a center forward scored a goal for Wolves. Astonishing.
Perhaps they’ll have better luck in the FA Cup? I hope so because a decent run is long, long overdue.
I suspect this league campaign will ultimately end in mediocrity so I hope we can keep the dream of Wembley alive for at least a few weeks longer.