Surely it couldn't actually happen, could it?
For the last three months, Glenn Hoddle has talked a good game in promoting Wolverhampton Wanderers? chances of making the Championship play-offs.
Few shared his optimism. But suddenly his Wolves side are looking capable of walking the walk as well as their manager talks the talk.
Repeating the excellent attacking form they showed at wintry Pride Park on Wednesday night, Hoddle?s men made it seven goals away from Molineux in the space of four days. And, while Derby County?s late midweek equaliser denied them a six-point haul, these last two games have still been more than enough to convince the many doubters that Wolves may yet have something to play for this season.
Admittedly, they won?t always have the chance to play teams as pathetic as Crewe Alexandra every week. And, if they are to make the play-offs, Hoddle?s hopefuls will have to do it with the sort of late burst simply unprecedented at this level. But there is definite cause for hope.
Since the play-offs began 18 years ago, no team has come with a run from anywhere further back than tenth at the beginning of March. And, on that statistical evidence, Wolves, it has to be said, are leaving it very, very late. Much later than Crystal Palace who, by this time last year, were already occupying a play-off place.
But having started the month in 17th, Wolves are now up to 13th. And it is not merely the fact that they have won for the first time in seven games that has set pulses racing. It is the sheer quality of the football on offer from a team who looked barely capable of stringing two passes together just a week ago.
Maybe it?s not the pitch at Molineux that is the problem. Maybe it?s the negative mood that envelops the place when things aren?t going well that makes any home player think they?re playing on a minefield!
Whatever the explanation, if Wolves really can keep on playing like this, then they are still genuine play-off contenders this season.
?There?s a real optimism about our play,? admitted Hoddle. ?A lot of hard work has been put in and today the lads got their just rewards. Towards the end we could have had more.
?We deserved a win at Derby. We?ve had a win here and if we could go and get another at Preston next week, followed by two home games in a row, who knows? ?
What ought to please Hoddle most is the obvious buzz of positivity in the Wolves camp.
Lesser teams might have let theri heads drop when Carl Cort clumsily handled in his own area just 11 minutes in and Kenny Lunt sent Michael Oakes the wrong way from the penalty spot. But Wolves took less than two minutes to respond.
Seol left Steve Jones for dead wide on the left, debutant right back Darren Moss was nowhere to be seen. And the Korean crossed for Cort to tuck it away at the near post.
Wolves did have a bit of luck with their second, when skipper Paul Ince won a dubious penalty after going down in the box under a challenge from Neil Sorvel. ?If it had been the other way round,? said Hoddle, ?I?d have been very disappointed. It looked a soft one, but those sort of things have been going against us.?
Once Miller had tucked the penalty away, it was pretty much one-way traffic as a Crewe side, who have now failed to win in ten games, visibly wilted.
Cort added a third on the stroke of half-time. And only once did Crewe look capable of performing any rescue act when it needed an excellent double save from an alert Michael Oakes to deny first Jones then Mark Rivers.
??Oaker? came up with a tremendous save,? said Hoddle. ?And that?s what wins you games as much as any of the goals scored at the other end.?
Shortly after, Miller effected a repeat of the scoreline here three years ago when he made it 4-1, beating sun-blinded Crewe keeper Ben Williams at his near post. And, apart from a yellow card for the Scotsman with a wild late challenge that could easily have ended him a red, that was that.
Scorers: Lunt (pen, 11) 1-0; Cort (13) 1-1; Miller (pen, 35) 1-2; Cort (45) 1-3; Miller (60) 1-4.
CREWE (4-2-3-1): Williams; Moss (Murdoch, 88), McCready, Moses, Tonkin; Lunt, Sorvel; Jones, Rivers (Platt, 76), Vaughan; White (Higson, h/t). Subs: Tomlinson (gk), Roberts.
WOLVES: Oakes; Andrews, Craddock, Lescott, Naylor; Olofinjana, Ince, Kennedy; Miller (Cooper, 74), Cort, Seol (Clarke, 84). Subs: Jones (gk), Bjorklund, Cameron.
Referee: N Miller (County Durham).
Booking: Wolves ? Miller (foul). Attendance: 8,212.
Wolves man of the match: Carl Cort ? two clinical finishes from an in-form striker.