Other than pride, there are really only two things left to play for at Molineux this season.

The first matter of tying up loose ends will finally occur tonight if Wolverhampton Wanderers fail to beat Ipswich Town and officially confirm their place in the Championship next season.

There is still one chance left, though, for Glenn Hoddle's side to rewrite the record books.

Their run of 14 stalemates in 19 games under Hoddle has already helped Wolves clock up a club record 20 draws for the season.

Four more draws over their final five matches would set a new standard for the most in an English football league season, beating the current benchmark of 23.

That is jointly held by four clubs. Three of them, Exeter City (1986/87) and Cardiff City and Hartlepool (both 1997/98), achieved the feat over 46 games in the bottom division. But the team who can truly be said to be the holders of this least prestigious of footballing feats are Norwich City.

The 23 draws they clocked up in the 1978/79 season came in the top flight over just 42 games. Even if Wolves drew all their last five, they would still not quite match the Canaries' draws per total games ratio of almost 55 per cent.

Hoddle remains very proud, though, of his side's record, preferring to emphasise the one defeat in 19 games element rather than the fact they have won just four games in that time.

"There are lots of positives to take," said the Wolves boss. "I've been delighted with the way we've played and the durability we've shown to keep coming from behind.

"We're still playing like we should have won games. And to have only lost once in 19 matches is normally the sort of feeling you get with a top three side, not one where we are.

"Ipswich and Wigan have both lost games as did

Sunderland before they went on that run. They have been more inconsistent."

Given that ten of those 14 draws under Hoddle have ended up 1-1, it's hard to imagine any other outcome tonight against an Ipswich side still in the race for automatic promotion. But, though Wolves fans have spent this season in the land of hope rather than expectation, their manager remains a font of faith and positivity.

"It's arguably a more important game for them than us," he said. "But we won't be taking our foot off

the pedal. They'll see travelling to Molineux as a difficult game and we have to make sure they get it.

"They've had a good pitch to play on throughout the season, which has obviously been to their advantage.

"But they're one of the better teams in the league and we want to test ourselves. I want to see how far we've come.

"And one thing's for sure. It will be a good football game.

"There's not many teams come here and play openly. Sunderland were the last ones."