Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Preston North End 1
This wasn't quite how it was supposed to be as Wolverhampton Wanderers set off on what they felt would be a Championship winning campaign just 11 short weeks ago.
There is nothing wrong with aiming high, and with the manager and squad at their disposal Wolves could be forgiven for setting their sights on the very top.
Yet as they sit 16 points adrift of Championship leaders Sheffield United and 13 of second placed Reading, those ambitions of the title, even of automatic promotion, are already looking slightly adventurous.
And we haven't even reached Halloween.
Perhaps even more worrying at a club where crisis always appears to lurk around the next corner is that after this - yet another frustrating draw - Wolves are now below Cardiff in the table.
That's Cardiff, managed by Dave Jones, dismissed by Wolves almost a year ago and now proving once again that he is a far better manager trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear than when given unlimited access to aforementioned silk purse.
As such, the Wolves board will still have every confidence in Glenn Hoddle to have them up at least in the top six positions by the end of the season. And well they might, given that the current shortcomings at Molineux are nothing to do any notable dip in performances.
Of this run of five games without a victory, four would have been won comfortably had Wolves had taken their chances.
Preston was another case in point. Wolves recovered from a lacklustre first half - they were a goal behind at the interval - to respond in spectacular fashion with a goal from Vio Ganea and looked all the world like the game's only winners.
But when Ganea, already booked for hopping into the stand to celebrate his first goal of an injury-blighted 18 months, picked up a second caution following a fullblooded challenge on Paul McKenna, the momentum was lost and so too the possibility of a first Molineux maximum since late August.
That left Hoddle repeating one of the more famous quotes of his time as England manager with the understandable utterance: "If it had stayed 11 v 11, I think we would have gone on to win."
The Wolves boss offered vastly contrasting views on Ganea's two bookings, but a familiar level of frustration at yet another stalemate.
"It's a mixed bag for Vio, I'm disappointed he dived into the crowd and I'm told he's done it before so he hasn't learned," said Hoddle.
"But I have some sympathy over the second one because I think the other lad has bottled it and jumped out of the way which has made it look worse.
" Rob Edwards was involved in the challenge as well, so if the referee books Vio surely he's got to book Rob as well.
"I don't know whether there's anything we can do in terms of getting the referee to have another look but maybe he's seen it as a reckless challenge.
"It just happened at the worst possible time, a key moment in the game, and it's very frustrating because we really need the points at home.
"We didn't play well in the first half and were booed off at the interval, but the way we turned the game round and got the momentum is how we've got to go for the rest of the season.
"It's annoying because there are so many games we should have won and we haven't but what choice have we got?
"We just have to keep going, show some character to come out of this run and make sure that near the end of the season we're in with a chance of promotion."
In Hoddle's defence, he is having to cope with an evermounting injury crisis which saw Carl Cort, who has a knee problem, join Paul Ince, Jackie McNamara and Rohan Ricketts on the sidelines at the weekend.
Their absences showed in that dismal first half in which - a Carlo Nash save from Kenny Miller aside - Wolves hardly troubled the Preston defence.
The visitors took full advantage with substitute Dickson Etuhu - dismissed in the corresponding fixture last season - heading home with his first touch from McKenna's corner.
It was a different looking Wolves who emerged after the break, and Seol and Ganea had already tested Carlo Nash before the Romanian expertly fired home Seol's cross to put his side in the driving seat.
Then came the sending off, and with it the momentum was gone, leaving Hoddle to reflect on the 21st draw of his 39 league games in charge and Wolves on the outside looking in at a top six which remains the very least of their expectations.