Wolves upset the odds in this fixture in those plucky underdog years under Mick McCarthy. City weren’t quite as good back then of course.
Then again, neither were we.
This might be the fifth Premier League season Wolves have contested but it’s the first in which you can truly say they’ve arrived – a fact underlined by standing toe-to-toe with the very best.
Of course we were under the cosh at times – that’s to be expected – but this precious point owes as much to finesse and tactical intelligence as it does to those spit and sawdust attributes of our previous top flight triumphs.
Pep’s boys moved the ball with the laser-like precision we all expected, creating space where there didn’t appear to be any and dangerous sighters at will.
But whenever the door swung momentarily open it was routinely slammed shut by a smart interception, a timely block, or most spectacularly, the fingertips of Rui Patricio.
More often than not though, there was no way through in the first place as Nuno’s back five proved impossible for Pythagoras Passing FC to penetrate.
The shape and discipline of the side is to be admired and it’s that organisation out of possession that allows them to sparkle when they’ve got the ball.
It was more direct than usual today, which is understandable against a team built to pick your pocket in dangerous areas of the pitch and exploit the space it creates.
But when long balls were heaved forward Raul Jimenez proved a willing target, winning his share of aerial duels and chasing down the lost causes to bring others into play.
Whether he was unlucky or foolish to find himself about an inch offside for the goal he had chalked off is debatable but you cannot deny he looks an astute addition.
Similarly Joao Moutinho continues to produce the type of understated consistency we fully expected capped with moments of high quality. Case in point, his inch perfect cross for Willy Boly to bundle home.
It probably was a handball, but tough to begrudge the big man his moment after such a colossal performance in defence.
Laporte got the run on him for the equaliser, exploiting the zonal marking system with a perfectly timed run and header to give his side the point they deserved, but the former Porto defender was otherwise faultless delivering by far and away his best Premier League performance to date.
There were other plus points too, like Traore’s explosive cameo that could have won us the game, Jonny’s endless running and Helder Costa finally imposing himself on the big stage.
While the team remain winless from three closely fought encounters, there’s still much to celebrate in the performances. And that, for the moment at least, is enough.