Coventry 2 Wolves 2

Sssshhhh.... listen very carefully and you should just be able to catch the sound of some faint tapping.

That's the one, the final nail being gently knocked into the coffin of Wolves' underachieving season.

Saturday's draw at Coventry - just the 21 for the season now - finally added mathematical certainty to what had been on the cards for weeks if not months.

Wolves will not be represented in this season's play-offs.

And thus will not be making an immediate return to the Premiership.

That, in the wake of all those optimistic hopes and words both of this time last year and during pre-season, cannot be dressed up in any other way than as an emphatic disappointment.

It seems inconceivable to be talking in terms of despondency after an unbeaten run of 15 league games and just one defeat in 21 under Glenn Hoddle.

But sadly such is the case, not least because of what had transpired before and the incredible littering of draws harming the otherwise perfect sequence.

Highfield Road on Saturday was almost symptomatic of the frustrating and enduring mystery of Wolves' mediocre campaign.

Bright in patches going forward, always looking capable of scoring goals, but at the same time liable to concede on more than one occasion at the other end.

They should still have come away from all three points were it not for Seol, blotting his excellent copybook-of recent times, trying a fancy flick 20 seconds from the end of the 90 minutes allowing late-goal specialist Stern John to cut a swathe through a static defence before beating Michael Oakes.

But in truth it was no more than the Sky Blues deserved having fallen behind for a second time thanks to Steve Staunton's wicked deflection from Lee Naylor's shot 17 minutes from time.

There had been little to choose between the two sides, with Wolves not hitting the heights of Monday's win against Ipswich particularly in not building on Leon Clarke's 15th minute opener heading home Lee Naylor's pinpoint free kick.

Naylor upended Gary McSheffrey minutes later, allowing the Coventry midfielder to level from the spot, and thereafter chances were at a premium, somewhat of a surprise considering both Colin Cameron and Dele Adebola should both have found the net within the first 45 seconds.

As Wolves stagger on, Coventry's season is still very much alive for all the wrong reasons, and Micky Adams is still trying to push his team to limp across the finishing line to hopefully avoid relegation before regrouping in the summer. Meanwhile Wolves under Hoddle remain quite a conundrum.

Improvements in tactics, fitness and general play with certain previously struggling players excelling like never before - and yet at the same time still all those damned draws!

As the final whistle approached, there were signs on Saturday that those supporters, few of whom had previously expressed a preference, were warming to the idea of the manager staying on.

They asked for - and received - a wave. "Sign him up," came the quickfire response.And then, just seconds later, Coventry equalised.

An omen? Who knows. But it's just been that sort of season!

n COVENTRY (4-4-2): Steele 6; Duffy 7, Staunton 6, Page 7, Hall 6; McSheffrey 7, Jorgensen 6 (Benjamin

82), Doyle 7, Dyer 7 (Morrell 73, 6); Goater 6 (John 66,7), Adebola 8. Not used: Pressman, Whing. WOLVES (4-2-1-3) Oakes 6; Bischoff 7, Lescott 8, Craddock 7, Naylor 7; Ince 7, *OLOFINJANA 8; Cameron 7 (Kennedy 84); Seol 6, Miller 6, Clarke 6 (Ricketts 88). Not used: Edwards, Cooper, Clingan. REFEREE: G. Hegley (Hertfordshire).