Wolverhampton Wanderers 1 Derby County 1
When you have lost your last two games, and picked up just one point from your previous three home appearances, you have to be grateful for small mercies.
So it was for Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Glenn Hoddle last night.
He keeps insisting that if his team keep on creating so many chances, sooner or later they are going to give some poor unsuspecting team a real tanning.
But, once again last night, he was left having to accept that a home point is better than none at all.
They looked set for a hatful when Kenny Miller put them ahead early on but, with top scorer Carl Cort having the off-night of all off-nights, the writing was on the wall that Derby County would equalise long before Mounir El Hamdaoui's early second-half leveller.
Their promotion hopes dented a little by successive defeats to Burnley and Sheffield United, Wolves could not have wished for a better start.
Miller's sixth goal of the season looked a racing certainty from the moment that Lee Naylor threaded a neat ball in behind the defence.
Having lost marker Lewin Nyatanga, the Scot charged madly towards goal in the warlike manner of an extra from Braveheart.
Miller never looked in any doubt that he would hit the net and, sure enough he did, slipping the ball home at the near post as Kevin Poole came out looking to narrow the angle.
Visibly boosted, Wolves went hunting for another goal and they seemed destined to get it as they peppered Poole, he 42-year-old Aston Villa and Birmingham City old boy.
Miller was inches wide with one volley and Naylor fired into the side netting before, from a right-wing Darren Anderton cross, Cort did the hard bit by controlling the ball on his chest and ghosting past Nyatanga, only to blast over the bar.
On the back foot for much of the first half, Derby finally went close when El Hamdaoui's inswinging corner was clawed away by Michael Oakes but Wolves continued to carry by far the greater attacking threat.
Miller, with a real left-foot stinger, and Naylor twice tested Poole and for all Wolves' dominance, it was crucial that they cashed in by taking their chances when they were on top. But, as has so often proved the case, they didn't.
Hoddle's men were almost made to pay when El Hamdaoui lashed in a fierce firsttime shot, to which Oakes was thankfully alert but, having survived that close shave, Wolves' reprieve was to last just 42 seconds after the break.
El Hamdaoui stunned the meek Molineux crowd into total silence by belting the ball home from much the same position as Miller had earlier.
Although the chances still came, the doubts that Wolves would ever find another breakthrough multiplied with every passing minute, especially when Cort's header was stopped on the goal-line by a combination of Poole and his left post. And it was to groans of disbelief that Hoddle chose not to replace the hapless Cort, removing Seol when he finally turned for assistance from the bench in the form of Vio Ganea.
Miller twice could have won it an, had the ball fallen more kindly for him on a couple of occasions, so might 17-year-old Mark Davies, who had an encouraging debut in midfield. n Hoddle revealed that Paul Ince is some way from recovering from the thigh injury that has kept him out since mid-August.
"We've got to have a consultation with the specialist," said Hoddle. "Paul isn't going to be back in the near future. It's a big blow for us and he's very frustrated."