By Ged Scott at Molineux
With a hopeless sense of timing, Wolverhampton Wanderers finally showed just what they were capable of last night.
It took only 22 minutes for Glenn Hoddle's side to destroy promotion-chasing Ipswich Town with a stunning display of attacking football.
While it is too late to matter this season, at least the quality of Wolves' football offers hope for the future.
Wolves' promotion dreams have long since faded and died.
But, if this was a foretaste of things to come, the Molineux masses are in for a treat next season.
Put simply, this was the sort of breathtaking performance from which Hoddle will surely find it hard to walk away this summer.
Inspired by the likes of Lee Naylor, Colin Cameron and Ki-Hyeon Seol all playing at the peak of the ability, and taking full advantage of a clearly nervy Ipswich Town side, Wolves were brilliant.
Seol set the standard when he cut inside his defender in Wolves' first attack and curled a low right-foot shot just wide of Kelvin Davis's left post. It did not take long to turn their possession into goals.
Naylor made an explosive burst along the left wing to leave the Ipswich defence in disarray, his cross was only half- cleared by David Unsworth and the ball fell nicely for the recalled Cameron.
A quick chest-down took him coolly past goalkeeper Davis and the Scot rammed the ball in off the underside of the bar with a ferocious finish that encapsulated the frustration of four months spent mostly on the sidelines under Hoddle.
The next quarter-hour was simply glorious stuff.
Davis had to to make one close-range save from Kenny Miller which he did not know much about after Rob Edwards' long ball had beaten the offside trap. But his other two saves, both low down to his left to keep out fierce shots by Seol and Seyi Olofinjana, were world class.
When a disorientated Fabian Wilnis powered an attempted clearing header inches over his own bar, it showed just how rattled the visitors were.
A second goal had to come. It was no surprise that Naylor and Cameron should be involved in the build-up.
Naylor's superb, defencesplitting pass sent Cameron galloping clear in the insideleft channel and he squared for Cort, who won the race to turn in his 16th goal of the season from a yard.
Naylor also delivered another superb far-post cross which, had it fallen to someone with sharper finishing skills than Jody Craddock, might have brought a third goal.
The only danger to Wolves, as they tried all their party tricks and at times showboated with breathtaking impudence, was over-confidence.
In among all the barrage of chances, the Tractor Boys occasionally showed they were not to be toyed with, twice hitting the woodwork. Ian Westlake hit the bar and Shefqi Kuqi clipped the outside of the post while Jim Magilton curled a free kick just wide and also delivered a low shot which Michael Oakes fumbled.
It was a different story after the break as a reshaped Ipswich, lashed by the sharp tongue of disbelieving manager Joe Royle, finally found a foothold in the contest. But the closest they came to replying was when Darren Bent lobbed on to the roof of the net. The damage had been done.
In the end, with Davis having to make two more closerange saves to deny Paul Ince and Seol, it could have been more. A lot more.
Scorers: Cameron (4); Cort (22). WOLVES (4-3-3): Oakes; Edwards, Craddock, Lescott, Naylor; Ince, Cameron, Olofinjana; Seol, Cort (Clarke, h/t), Miller. Subs: Kennedy, Ricketts, Cooper, Bischoff. ..TEXT IPSWICH (4-4-2): Davis; Wilnis, R Naylor, De Vos, Unsworth; Miller, Magilton, Westlake, Richards (Currie, h/t); Kuqi (Scowcroft, h/t), Bent. Subs: Price (gk), Counago, Horlock.
Referee: S Dunn (Bristol). Booking: Ipswich - Scowcroft (foul). Attendance: 25,882.
Wolves man of the match: Lee Naylor - shaded even the stylish Seol with a stunning display as an overlapping left-back.