Sadly, 2019 hasn’t begun in the magnificent fashion that 2018 ended.
But, contrary to some of the SOS calls I’ve just heard on BBC WM, there’s no need for any of us to fret.
Because Wolves, in their first season back in the top flight, are just 11 points shy of the total that, according to legend, guarantees survival.
Any of you kind enough to read my previous reports will know that I’m optimistic enough to believe that we can realistically hope for more than mere existence in the Premier League.
But surely for the time being it’s enough?
If you were sat inside Molineux tonight you’d be forgiven for thinking otherwise.
The only thing that matched the dull showing on the pitch was the atmosphere around the ground, save for the away end in which the Palace support made themselves heard.
Long before Jordan Ayew tapped home the visitor’s fortuitous opening goal, a deathly atmosphere pervaded the stadium.
Perhaps that’s because it was many people’s first day back at work, and we were simply feeling a little sluggish after our festive indulgences.
But I sense that it was because, as has been the case at other stages in the season, many expected us to roll the opposition over.
But why would that be the case?
Palace are an experienced Premier League side that are coached by a former England manager and in Wilfried Zaha have one of the premium players currently plying his trade outside of the top six.
I’m certainly not suggesting that they weren’t beatable, but I think they’re due a little more credit than most were willing to give.
They came prepared tonight, restricting space and always looking a threat on the break.
In a game of fine margins, fortune swung their way in a manner not too dissimilar to our victory in the reverse fixture earlier in the season.
Cue some frankly ludicrous howls of derision both online and on the airwaves, our much heralded victory at Wembley now seemingly consigned to distant memory by some.
I’m as big an advocate for free speech as you’ll find, but in our first season back I think a little perspective is required in light of these type of setbacks.
We’re a young side that has largely taken to the Premier League like a duck to water.
But, like all younglings, we bruise easily and will experience a few tumbles while taking our first steps.
The real barometer for success is how we respond to them, and I think most will agree that we’ve already shown we have the character to bounce back from a dip in form.
In the meantime, perhaps we’d be best off remembering where we were this time last year and how far we’ve come since then.