When three daft men, dressed as old women, were pratting around to Gangnam Style at half time, it had me wondering if they really were a dance troupe called the Fizzogs, or an ode to our midfield for the opening half hour.
The trio of lunatics tried desperately hard to keep up and worked their bloomers off to impress, but ended up doing little to lighten the mood around Molineux…
…And that was just David Edwards, Kevin McDonald and Conor Coady.
But just when the warning signs were beginning to flash brighter than Carl Ikeme’s lime green kit under lights, things started to look up.
Whatever the narrow system was being employed by Kenny Jackett, (was it 4-3-1-2 or a diamond formation?) it wasn’t working, with David Edwards deployed ‘on the left’, only to hold hands with Coady and McDonald in a pretty linear line-up.
We were one down, it could have been 3 or 4 and the alarm bells were ringing. The first Villa goal, in fact, was a result of that natural lack of width we deployed, with no player positionally versed in closing down the vast chasms of space down the left hand side of Molineux’s lush turf.
But then full backs Iorfa and Golbourne pushed on and we looked a different team.
Coady, McDonald and Edwards took turns to push-on and sit and we looked like a pretty fluid side posing plenty of problems.
Dicko could have scored two, others went close and the players grew into the game to eventually finish the stronger.
A draw was probably fair in an entertaining game, with Coady a clear man-of-the-match contender. He really does look like a top player in the making, pushing forward to win a great tackle and assisting Dicko to lay on the late leveller.
The worry is that an injury to our lively front two will render us completely impotent, while a natural left sided replacement for Sako – which was promised – is desperately needed.
In the absence of which, this full-back focused formation will become our new ‘Plan A’, with the pragmatic Kenny Jackett knowing it’s a safer bet than waiting for some squad reinforcements.
Unless those Fizzogs in the boardroom pull their fingers out fast, it’s what we will all have to get used to.