When you’re two up against a Championship side playing their reserves, you’ve got to win.
Ipswich are flying and credit to them for fighting back to deservedly progress. I was envious of the urgency, fluidity and purpose to their play.
But make no mistake, the Tractor Boys were out to pasture after 15 minutes with Wolves looking tidy in their 343 shape – two goals in the bag and impudently stroking the ball around Portman Road.
I was already half plotting this very report, purring over the Doyle and Traore centre mid partnership and the welcome aerial dominance of Santi Bueno.
But then it all just fell apart.
Sloppy possession, loose defending and questionable goalkeeping saw us all the way back to square one before the interval.
Some might say it’s harsh to criticise Dan Bentley but I think Sa would have kept out at least one of those efforts.
I’d hoped for a half time reset but it was Ipswich who came out hungrier and got their reward with a wonder goal.
Wolves couldn’t respond and the inevitable changes that came did little to aid any sort of fightback.
Fraser barely got a kick, Cunha ran around without testing the keeper and Fabio spent more time hugging defenders than he did getting himself in the box. There was no shape or structure to the side at this point meaning an equaliser was fanciful at best.
Santi Bueno should have done better with a glorious headed chance, having already got on the end of one for Toti’s goal. But overall, I thought he showed encouraging signs in what turned out to be a difficult night for the team.
I’d hoped for more from Kalajdzik at the other end but after he setup the opening goal for Hwang, he didn’t have a significant say on the game, albeit with increasingly limited service.
That Doyle and Boubacar partnership in the middle became more strained as Ipswich seized control but I think both of them can feel reasonably good about their efforts, with the latter using those long legs to glide forward on several occasions.
The team as a collective remains a massive worry. Whatever the combination, we’re just not quite good enough in any game when faced with meaningful resistance.
Where are the results coming from?
It already feels like Gary O’Neil is under pressure and it most certainly feels like Saturday is going to be a long old afternoon.