Although this screwball game of Premier League football once again highlighted the crippling deficiencies of Wolverhampton Wanderers, it also served to show what might have been.
Defensively, we left our calling card.
Too much space, no closing down, non-existent marking.
Stand off. Stand off. Stand off.
It’s amusing to think that last season we were accused of being ‘overly physical’. Without doubt, a major problem with this current Wolves team is their aversion to ruffling feathers.
There’s just no menace, no desire and no hunger to win the ball back. The opposition do what they want.
When that’s the case, good players and good teams punish you. And for 15 traumatic minutes, Swansea did just that.
A fourth goal just before the interval after Steven Fletcher’s fantastic looping header dragged us back into the contest seemed to be the definitive nail in our coffin.
But as bad as the first half was defensively, Wolves trumped that in the second with a fantastic display of attacking football.
All of the goals were well constructed, the pick of the bunch being Dave Edwards cool run and finish after a sumptuous reverse pass from Michael Kightly.
Two other well made and well taken Matt Jarvis goals are proof positive that our offensive players can do enough damage.
The likes of Jarvis, Kightly and Fletcher are good enough for this level.
Our problem is that we’ve just never given them the platform to shine because both individually and as a team, we’re desperately weak in defence.
It’s often said that Wolves lack quality on the ball, but I believe our biggest problem is that we don’t possess enough physically strong players to upset the opposition, thus allowing our better players to show how good they can truly be.
We needed warriors over the summer, players that could add presence and put themselves about.
Presumably, this is what Mick McCarthy hoped Roger Johnson would bring to the fold back in August and what Emmanuel Frimpong would deliver when he arrived in January.
Failure and misfortune are words that immediately come to mind when you evaluate these signings.
They wrap up our season quite nicely too.