You really can’t win them all.
And as the victory marathon had to end sometime, a stalemate against a determined and well organised young Shrewsbury side isn’t the worst conclusion I could have envisaged.
Swathed in the Molineux sunshine, our Shropshire neighbours excelled as they packed the midfield, doubled up on Wolves’ most influential talents and frustrated the life out of an expectant home crowd.
A high level of motivation indeed, which makes you wonder just how they find themselves contemplating a return to League Two football?
Wolves were able to pick the lock on occasion but shots were too often scuffed wide (most from Sako) and crosses always drifted agonosingly out of reach.
It’s thin margins because if one of those openings had been seized upon, the comfort of victory we’ve grown accustomed to would likely have been delivered.
So as thoroughly exasperating as it was to see Wolves thwarted in their attempts for a perfect ten, I struggle to find fault with their efforts.
As the game progressed and Shrewsbury retreated to their 18 yard box, McDonald, Jacobs and Sako tried all manner of methods to batter down the door.
McDonald in particular I thought was majestic for the final half hour, driving the team forward and constantly upping the tempo.
But without the calming influence and attacking prowess of Sam Ricketts, our approach work was much less expansive with all the thrust coming down the left.
That made the pitch seem narrower and played into the hands of opposition dogged in their plan to crowd, hassle and harry.
Leon Clarke’s inevitable introduction failed to conjure up the impact we all hoped it would, as the forward was a too often peripheral figure, wasting the sort of chance he was brought in to score, with a close range flick that landed tamely in the goalkeeper’s lap.
Shrewsbury could have won it themselves, breaking away in the latter stages but never making the most of the opportunities.
They also forced the only two real saves of the game out of Carl Ikeme either side of half-time in a performance that will give them great encouragement for the challenges to come.
For Wolves, Kenny’s succinct summary says it best, ‘we move on’.