Wolves 2 Gillingham 2
In his programme notes for this match, Glenn Hoddle had suggested in all seriousness that Wolves still had a chance of securing promotion to the Premiership.
Statistically speaking, the manager was right --they are only 11 points off the play-off positions --but this performance against Gillingham gave credence to the view that Wolves are better off staying in the Coca-Cola Championship for another season.
Apart from the fans, the stadium, and Hoddle himself, there is nothing Premiership about Wolves. This match, against a team destined for relegation, summed it up.
It took a goal by Leon Clarke deep into stoppage time at the end to secure a deserved point for Wolves, just seconds after Michael Flynn had broken clear to score what seemed to be the winning goal for the visitors.
A defeat for Wolves would have been a travesty but a victory, given their inept performance, would have been equally inappropriate.
"If we had got those three points, it would have camouflaged a below-par performance from us," Hoddle said. "I thought we under-performed as a side and the only people who are exempt from that are the substitutes because I thought Kevin Cooper and Leon did well to influence the game."
Hoddle is being harsh. Rob Edwards performed well at right back, while Kenny Miller worked tirelessly on an afternoon when little stuck up front. It was, however, a miserable day.
Indeed, when Darius Henderson capitalised on a defensive error by Jody Craddock in the 55th minute to open the scoring for Gillingham, the Wolves supporters directed their ire not towards Hoddle but towards Jez Moxey. The Wolves chief executive, the likely winner of any Oliver Hardy lookalike competition, has become a high-profile figure at Molineux and, therefore, vulnerable to such taunts whenever anything goes wrong.
The abuse, unprintable here, continued long after Miller equalised with a header on the hour mark after a cross from the right by Edward and summed up the occasion even better than the drama in the final minute.
But what drama it was. It began with a long punt by Steve Banks, the Gillingham goalkeeper, which skimmed off the head of Colin Cameron for Flynn to beat Michael Oakes with a fine shot.
The disillusionment hung in the air like industrial smog but Clarke, a 75th-minute substitute for Seol, pounced to scramble home a controversial equaliser.
Stan Ternent, the Gillingham manager, claimed that Clarke handled the ball before scoring and, before that, there had been a foul that should have resulted in a free-kick to the visitors.
"First of all, there was a foul on our centre-back and then the lad has handled it, you have got to say that," Ternent said.
"Sometimes you need a bit of a break and things have not been going for us lately.
"I was pleased with our performance overall in what was a scrappy game because we have scored two goals away from home, which you might imagine would be good enough to get you three points, not just one.
"But it is very frustrating because we were in front twice and could not hold on to the lead. Wolves were not made to work hard enough for either of their two goals."
Ternent is one of the game's characters but, on this occasion, he conveniently forgot that Wolves dominated and enjoyed so much possession that it resembled a training match.
Inevitably, Hoddle saw the contentious incidents rather differently.
"I did see someone handle the ball but, in my opinion, it was the hand of a defender," he said. "I saw the defender come across and, at first, I thought he was going to bring down Leon but then I saw the defender's hand on the ball.
"I have asked Leon if he handled it and he told me he had not.
"I also thought there was a suspicion of offside about Gillingham's first goal, which was dubious and a definite offside for their second, when Flynn was miles off.
"I have had words with that linesman and told him in no uncertain terms that he has cost us the game because I feel Leon Clarke's goal should have been the winner."
This is wishful thinking. It was the players themselves, and not the linesman, who denied Wolves the victory.
The problem for the home team was that, particularly in the first half, they spent too much time trying to walk the ball into the net instead of shooting. Significantly, the final ball was usually ghastly and did nothing to endear the players to the supporters. Seol, the Korean of whom much was expected, provided his usual box of tricks but was frustrating rather than exciting.
His performance summed up the whole occasion - so much promise, so little delivery. n Scorers: Henderson (55), 0-1; Miller (60), 1-1; Flynn (90), 1-2; Clarke (90), 2-2. Attendance: 24,949. Wolves man of the match: Rob Edwards --the young full back turned himself into a winger and was the difference between a draw and a defeat.