It’s just as well Bakary Sako opted against sporting the diamond-encrusted boots he acquired to mark his 100th Wolves appearance.
Such extravagance would have been ludicrously inappropriate amongst another low value team performance.
Kenny at least added sparkle to a faltering side by reinstating Rajiv van La Parra and Scott Golbourne. And for half an hour, there was the shimmer of blissful hope.
But after Lee Evans surrendered the ball and Brentford punished the error with the type of ruthless pace and penetration in the final third that’s alluded Wolves throughout Nouha Dicko’s absence, things fell apart.
Golbourne, who was Wolves brightest light in an end to end first half, then departed at the break, replaced by the slow moving Tommy Rowe.
Without the outlet of the marauding full-back, the pitch became narrower and Wolves never once threatened an equaliser.
Perversely, the one break the visitors did engineer ended when Danny Graham was too slow in releasing Bakary Sako and Brentford raced up the pitch to score the decisive second.
Goal three was a wonderful turn of pace and powerful finish from Wolverahmpton-born Andre Gray. How his hometown club could do with those attributes.
And as if to underline the contrasting form of the teams, Brentford added a late fourth to go one better than Wolves famous victory at Griffin Park back in February.
Five of Kenny Jackett’s players from that memorable afternoon weren’t involved today (Price, Stearman, Henry, Jacobs and Dicko) and there’s an argument to say every one of those would have improved the team.
I wonder what Michael Jacobs was thinking, sat on the bench at the venue of his finest Wolves triumph? His neat footwork would have been a useful asset on a tight pitch, but he remained on the sidelines throughout.
What of Jack Price too, a player yet to be given an opportunity whilst Saville and Rowe continue to offer so little? With the team wobbling, his quietly efficient attributes would help firm up a disjointed midfield.
However, Nouha Dicko remains the most painfully irreplaceable loss. And while pacey, persistent, strong, goalscoring strikers are hard to come by, not having a like-for-like replacement for the forward completely alters the dynamic of the team.
Danny Graham remains a more attractive option than Leon Clarke, but he cannot do what Dicko does. Not because he’s a bad player, but because he doesn’t possess the attributes for the job.
Without the other half of the Mali alliance, the system doesn’t work. The ball keeps coming back, teams press higher, the game becomes condensed and our best attacker (Sako) gets nowhere near the opponent’s penalty area.
Kenny must address these shortcomings before next weekend, as both Bournemouth and Molineux promise to be equally unforgiving.