The repercussions from this game are likely to have a damaging effect on what is left of Wolverhampton Wanderers' season.
The failure of Glenn Hoddle's side to break down a limited but committed team like Stoke until the last seconds of injury time has rendered unrealistic any hopes they may have of reaching the play-offs.
The draw leaves Hoddle's side still seven points adrift of the play-off places, having played a game more than some of the teams above them.
More immediately, though, they face an FA inquiry after alleged coin-throwing by fans in the Jack Harris stand.
Injured Stoke defender Michael Duberry was supposedly struck by three coins as he received treatment.
The incident incensed team-mate Gerry Taggart, who, after handing the coins to referee Chris Foy, invited the fans to throw some at him.
An FA inquiry is sure to follow, although Wolves have tried to pre-empt that by saying they will study video footage of the incident and take the appropriate action.
"We understand that an object has been recovered which may have been thrown from the crowd," said secretary Richard Skirrow.
"We shall review CCTV footage and if an offender is identified they will be banned from the ground indefinitely."
Stoke were leading at the time, and the Wolves fans clearly felt that Duberry was time wasting as the home side pressed for an equaliser.
The equaliser eventually came seconds before the end. Carl Cort bundled home a hotly-disputed free kick to extend his side's unbeaten run to 11 matches.
It was a goal they just about deserved.
Stoke had much the better of the first half, David Brammar rattling Michael Oakes' crossbar with a vicious free kick, and the visitors looked much more comfortable on a sub-standard pitch.
Outfought by a side that Hoddle had predicted would be "awkward" to play against, Wolves' limited imagination up front and lightweight strikers struggled to break down their more robust opponents.
Not for the first time this season, Wolves went a goal behind, and once again, it was of their own doing.
Kenny Miller gave the ball away in midfield, Stoke's Clint Hill was allowed to run unchecked from the halfway line before slipping the ball to the unmarked Gifton Noel-Williams, who fired it into the bottom right hand corner of the net.
Wolves were better in patches in the second half, coming close on several occasions to bringing themselves level.
Mark Kennedy, Seyi Olofinjana, and Kenny Miller all had efforts well saved by Simon Simonsen who also did well to deny on-loan Tottenham youngster Rohan Ricketts as the game came to a close.
Then came Cort's last-gasp equaliser. Stoke's Karl Henry was penalised for handball, when it appeared to be Cort who was the offender.
On the final whistle several furious Stoke players surrounded the referee and his assistants. Simonsen in particular, who had done so much to keep Wolves at bay, had to be dragged away by several team mates.
In truth Wolves' chances of making the play-offs were always slim and even if by some quirk of fate they had made the jump to the Premiership, this is not a club, much less a side, that appears ready for the leap.
There are possibly three players in the current squad capable of making the step up, and so a large chunk of capital would be required to stop Wolves coming straight back down again.
But, if the past is anything to go by, as a club Wolves don't seem prepared to make that commitment. In his programme notes on Saturday chief executive, Jez Moxey referred to the last time the club were promoted.
"It's true to say that had we been able to spend more than we did, then we may have remained in the Premier League, but despite wanting to spend more we did not have the financial resources to do so," he wrote.
It is difficult to see how the situation for the club has changed. The club's spending on players since 2001 is reportedly some #25 million and according to Moxey "we (Wolves) have spent as much as we can without getting into serious financial difficulty - something we will not do".
This time there is no Sir Jack "to fund large losses", and the club "would have to stand on its own two feet".
So maybe spending another season in the Championship wouldn't be such a bad thing. The side isn't good enough to stay in the top flight once they get there and the club, at the moment, doesn't appear to be willing to make the financial commitment to keep them up.
It might also give them time to get a pitch worthy of professional football.
Scorers: Noel-Williams (41) 0-1; Cort (90) 1-1.
WOLVERHAMPTON WANDERERS (4-1-2-1-2): Oakes; Naylor, Craddock, Lescott, Edwards; Ince; Kennedy (R Ricketts, 65), Olofinjana; Ki-Hyeon; Miller (L Clarke, 65), Cort. Subs: Jones, Andrews, Cooper.
STOKE CITY (4-4-2): Simonsen; Hill, Duberry, Taggart, Thomas; C Clarke, Brammer, Russell, Henry; Noel-Williams (M Ricketts, 61), Jones (Harper, 69). Subs: De Goey, Neal, Buxton.
Referee: C Foy (Merseyside).
Booking: Stoke - Thomas (foul).
Wolves man of the match: Seol Ki-Hyeon - not for the first time the most creative player in the side. All good things came from him.