‘It was a bit of a non-event’ was the summary offered up by my Villa-supporting dad.
Not words that should ever be used to describe a derby, but bang on the money.
I understand why Nuno fielded the team he did.
This was our 20th game of the season and three important games are on the horizon.
But it was a meek surrender against a Villa team boasting far more experience, despite their own considerable changes.
Who knows what a few senior players could have done for our chances?
We certainly wouldn’t have spent the majority of the 90 chasing shadows.
You’d be forgiven for thinking Villa had taken a few of the players they faced at the Etihad on Saturday hostage, such was their dominance in possession.
Douglas Luiz, despite making the error which led to our goal, was everything our fledgelings were not.
And with the defence looking as ragged as you’d expect it to when Jesus Vallejo is on the pitch, losing the midfield battle proved critical.
Both of the goals conceded were entirely preventable, which only serves to make things that bit more frustrating.
However, comfort can be taken from the fact that we didn’t disgrace ourselves.
Cutrone’s goal briefly made a contest of proceedings and, had he not squandered a one-on-one later in the game, we might have even made it to penalties.
The jury remains out on our Italian striker, aside from the universal consensus that he is one of the hardest-working players to have been seen in a Wolves shirt.
As is the case with all of our summer recruits, it’s questionable whether he is capable of really lightening the load of the established order.
Most of the Academy lads also don’t look like they’ll be troubling the first team on tonight’s evidence, with the exception of the promising Dion Sanderson.
Too many were like rabbits in headlights, but it was good nonetheless to be able to cast an eye over some of the next generation.
I’m a bit of an old romantic when it comes to any cup though, still longing for the days when every team fielded a strong eleven in the hope of making it to Wembley.
For that reason, I left the ground feeling a bit cheated. That being said, most of us are long enough in the tooth to know the League Cup is a mere afterthought in today’s game.
And so it’s que sera to this competition, on to the other three.