Wolverhampton Wanderers 2 Burnley 3
There were as many goals at Molineux on Saturday evening as in the previous four games put together. Unfortunately for Wolverhampton Wanderers, only two were in Burnley's net.
And that meant the return to entertaining football on Wolves' home turf also signalled a first defeat in eight games on their own patch stretching back to mid-September.
It was a 90 minutes for which the tone was set by a hugely uncharacteristic error from Wayne Hennessey which gifted Burnley their opening goal, and from there, in stark contrast to recent belligerence the Wolves defence suddenly looked shaky.
Indeed having conceded just once in their previous seven at home, they ended up leaking three in the space of 22 minutes.
"Comic book," was manager Mick McCarthy's ever honest description. "We've been defending exceptionally well recently but this was disappointing to say the least. Wayne let that first one in but he has also made some great saves and had a terrific game, we should have looked after him a lot better."
It was Robbie Blake who benefited from quite probably Hennessey's first serious mistake in a Wolves shirt, the former Birmingham City striker's 20th-minute free-kick bouncing awkwardly in front of the keeper who then spilled the ball into his own net.
By that stage he had already enjoyed one spot of good fortune as Alan Mahon's shot bounced back off the post and then showed all his reach to get up and block Andy Gray's follow-up.
But by half time Wolves had conceded twice more. Former Wolves target Kyle Lafferty tapped home a superb cross from Wade Elliott before Clarke Carlisle's header, which appeared to be going wide, fortuitously found its way into the net via Darren Ward's arm.
There was painful irony in Wolves defence suddenly being carved open so comfortably because in the game's early stages their forward momentum was as good as anything they have produced in recent weeks.
Darron Gibson produced some pinpoint crosses in the early stages and indeed after his well-struck equaliser within four minutes of Blake's opener it looked for all the world as if Wolves would take control.
Those two Burnley goals soon put paid to that, and although Stephen Elliott hopefully brought an end to recent penalty woes with an excellent second-half spot-kick, the search for an equaliser never really included any sustained pressure and indeed it was the visitors who finished the stronger with substitute Joey Gudjonsson forcing Hennessey into another fine save.
Credit of course must go to the Clarets - new boss Owen Coyle has made a seamless start to life in the hot seat and this was their fourth successive win on their travels, Watford and Charlton amongst the other Championship big-hitters to have perished on home soil.
But two successive defeats during a turbulent week when for a while it appeared as if McCarthy's future lay elsewhere, has certainly cranked up the pressure levels that little bit more ahead of Saturday's trip to Queens Park Rangers.
McCarthy, who wearily declined to comment further on his rejection of the South Korean approach or indeed links to a possible return to the Republic of Ireland job, is confident the current blip is down to nothing more than the vagaries of the Championship.
"Look at Charlton," he said. "Won four, lost two, now won two again. "It's the league in general, there are strange results, and we've just got to get back to our form of a few weeks ago which is what we will endeavour to do."
Scorers: Blake (20) 0-1; Gibson (24) 1-1; Lafferty (30) 1-2; D Ward (og, 42) 1-3; Elliott pen (60) 2-3.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS (4-4-2): Hennessey; Foley, D Ward, N Collins, M Gray; Gibson (Eastwood, 60), Henry, Olofinjana, S Ward (Jarvis, 71); Bothroyd (Keogh, 73), S Elliott. Subs: Ikeme (gk), Edwards.
BURNLEY (4-4-2): Kiraly; Alexander, Carlisle, Unsworth, Harley; W. Elliott, McCann, Mahon (Gudjonsson, 68), Lafferty; Blake (O'Connor, 82), A. Gray (Akinbiyi, 88). Subs: Jensen (gk), Jones.
Referee: S Tanner (Somerset).
Bookings: Wolves - N Collins (foul); Burnley - Carlisle (foul).
Attendance: 20, 763.
Wolves man of the match: Darron Gibson was at the heart of everything good about Wolves' early momentum, crowned with his first goal in senior British football.