The last time Wolves followed up an away defeat with two successive home draws real trouble was brewing – not just the bursting of a small bubble of optimism.
You have to go back six years. It actually spelt the end of a Premier League dream for another season and it led to a pretty swift change of manager.
The unrest that faces Stale Solbakken from the frustrated masses following a loss at Huddersfield and back-to-back home draws with Bolton and Charlton is nothing compared to the final days of Glenn Hoddle’s ill-fated reign.
But there is never a better time for Wolves to be heading north to a ground where their record is as good as anywhere. Turf Moor, a real home from home: 14 wins, seven draws and just two defeats in 48 years of league clashes in the claret and blue part of Lancashire.
Hoddle’s time was almost up when a home draw with Watford, courtesy of Marlon King’s second-half leveller of a first-half Jeremie Aliadiere strike, followed a Molineux stalemate with Coventry, which came on the back of a loss at Plymouth.
It left his team a distant seventh in the Championship, nine points behind Crystal Palace who had a better goal difference and a game in hand, with just three matches to play.
A run of one win in eight had crippled their promotion hopes and CEO Jez Moxey fuelled the fires of antagonism towards Hoddle by claiming in his programme notes that many at the club felt the campaign had been “a complete disaster”.
“It’s an opinion and if he wants to put that in the programme he’s entitled to,” said Hoddle, post-match.
“I don’t agree with that opinion. A disaster is getting relegated like some big clubs have done from this league, and there’s more examples that I could give you.
“But being seventh in the league, one spot off the play-offs, and some of the football we’ve played isn’t, for me, a disaster.”
Wolves are eighth now, not seventh. But you’ll not hear Moxey turning on Solbakken and you’ll not get the majority of supporters turning on the manager in the same way they did in April 2006.
Hoddle, publicly, reiterated his commitment to the club.
“I’ve got a 12-month rolling contract,” he said. But the seeds of hasty summer departure were sown.
“I’ve seen how well we’ve played at times this season and I’ve seen how close we are to achieving what we want to achieve and getting in the play-offs. If we finished teams off we’d be in the top two, there’s no doubt about it,” Hoddle continued.
“We’re not a long way off, but we’ve got to wait and see the financial implications of not having the parachute money next season. You asked me about being the Wolves manager next season and I’d said ‘yes’.”
Eleven weeks later he was gone.