The welter of Wolverhampton Wanderers' statistical information to emanate from the Walkers Stadium on Tuesday night concealed one sadly overlooked fact.

Wolves' share of the spoils with Leicester City was the 14th time in 19 matches that they had drawn under Glenn Hoddle, of which ten ended 1-1.

Imagine the frustration of the reporter who picked up a copy of the pre-match betting sheet on his way out to discover that you could have got 11-2 on a 1-1 draw.

Whoever offered that crazy price clearly hasn't been studying the form of a team who have set a club record of 20 stalemates in one season.

Despite the persistent pleadings of their manager that his side's results deserve better, and his hatred of the term 'Draw specialists', put simply, since Hoddle took charge, Wolves have become the most predictable team in the country.

In the cold light of day, though, just how will Hoddle's Wolves come to be judged?

As the locals consider their end-of-season assessments on their temporary manager, is the jar half-full or half-empty at Molineux?

Frustrated as he is by his side's failure to win more than four league matches in his four months at the helm, Hoddle prefers to concentrate on emphasising the positives.

"We've forgotten what it's like to get beat," he said. "We've lost only once in 20 games and that one was at Wigan.

"That's a fantastic achievement in this league and we need to keep that record going for the rest of the season.

"If I saw a team out there who didn't look like winning, it would be a problem but we've deserved far more than we've received and credit the lads for the enormous spirit they've shown in coming back in so many games." In mentioning just how many times his teams have come from behind and just how many goals have been late ones, Hoddle touches on an even more illuminating statistic.

Six match-saving goals and one match-winning goal have been scored by Wolves timed at 85 minutes or later (half of them in injury time).

Without them, Wolves would be in a real mess, only one place above the Championship relegation zone.

The fact remains that, after a small rise from 17th to 13th in the table, Wolves remain a lot closer to the bottom of the division than they are to the top. Hard-luck stories or not, it's not good enough for Molineux.

A lot of the blame for this term's failure has been laid at the feet of the Wolves board for last season's general lack of investment.

But chairman Rick Hayward yesterday defended the massive salary increase given to chief executive Jez Moxey as a result of Wolves' promotion to the Premiership two years ago.

Moxey earned an increase of approximately £200,000 in his pay for the 2003-04 season, taking his total salary to £478,000 but, defending, the rise, Hayward said: "Wolverhampton Wanderers FC is a private limited company, owned 100 per cent by the Hayward family.

"Over the years, it has received tens of millions of pounds from my father, Sir Jack and what we decide to pay our employees is really a matter for us.

"In the highly-competitive world of professional football, the company recognises that, in order to attract and keep talented individuals, it has to offer attractive remuneration.

"We believe Jez Moxey is an excellent chief executive who is carrying out a very difficult and demanding job exceptionally well. In fact, I wouldn't want to be chairman of the club without Jez as our chief executive."