The last time I was writing a European match report, we were all giddy with excitement about travelling the continent.
Now some are talking about the Europa League as if its the worst thing to happen since the Bhatti brothers.
If you believe everything you read on Twitter, we’re in meltdown.
Thankfully, most of us are long enough in the tooth to know this is an adventure we could only have dreamed about not so long ago.
We should embrace it while we can, because there’s no guarantee it’ll be a regular occurance in the years to come.
That said, I’m not naïve enough to ignore what’s in front of me.
Wolves are badly out of sorts, especially at the back.
Tonight’s performance was an improvement on Saturday, but you can’t legislate for the error which cost us the game.
It’s the latest in an ever-growing list and I can’t put my finger on why we’ve forgotten how to defend all of a sudden. Nuno will need to nip it in the bud if we’re to get up and running.
As we all know from past experience of watching Wolves, defensive instability will sap a team of confidence to the point where defeat becomes routine.
I don’t think we’re anywhere near that point yet, as we’re only two months into the season, but if we don’t get some wins out of the Palace, Reading and Watford games I might begin to wonder.
Tonight’s a hard one to take because I thought Braga were there to be beat. Sure, they’re a neat and well-organised side but the truth is we made it pretty easy for them.
We were so predictable and ponderous in possession that it was straightforward for them to regroup whenever we wrestled the ball back.
The refusal to pass to Traore when he came on was something that particularly irritated me. Over a year after he arrived at the club, I still don’t know why Nuno signed him. An exciting prospect, but clearly not suited to our system.
Neves is playing far too deep for my liking too. If Moutinho isn’t playing, you need our midfield maestro playing higher up so that we can make the most of his clinical eye. Tonight he was virtually a fourth centre back.
With my glass as half-full, if Cutrone scores in the first half it’d have been a different game.
We’re a stroke of luck from turning this bad run around.
I just hope we do it soon.