If points were awarded for defending crosses, Brighton wouldn’t have anything to worry about.
Dunk and Duffy gleefully cleaned up 14 corners and hundreds more balls into the box to get their side what could be a priceless result come the start of May.
On the rare occasions the big center backs didn’t make it, Mat Ryan and the post bailed them out as the home side, somewhat predictably couldn’t find a way through.
I don’t want to be overly harsh on Wolves though.
Breaking down a team that surrenders any and all attacking intent is a challenge that even the very best can’t always overcome.
Brighton setup as they would at the Nou Camp, which I suppose is understandable under the circumstances.
Wolves are not as adequately equipped for such a challenge but to their credit they passed and probed as much as the system and personnel allows.
Again, you’re looking at what Nuno has on the bench to breakdown such resistance and it’s telling he didn’t turn to either Costa or Cavaleiro.
Vinagre and Dendoncker both made a positive impression on the game, but there can be no debating the lack of viable forward options was again our Achilles heel.
To further underline the problem Jimenez had the worst game I can remember for a long time, operating exclusively on the peripherally of the action.
Jota was also on the fringes for long periods, but the header against the post and the first half burst that so nearly paid dividends were the only real highlights of this sunny stalemate.
One major positive is how little we gifted to Brighton. They only mustered one corner and barely managed another ball into the area all afternoon.
This game was always going to be about finding a breakthrough and not giving it away at the other end, so at the very least I’m content to put another point on the board. Not as content as Brighton mind.
Still, it’s good to get a result post-Wembley and ahead of what will be a very different challenge against Arsenal in midweek.