DESPITE having to battle through hail, sleet and snow, for once we got a decent drive down the M6 as we headed for Molineux on a bitterly cold day.

A superb lunch of gammon, eggs and proper chips at the Four Ashes, proved to be the highlight of the day as we discussed our chances against high-flying Wolverhampton Wanderers. Prophetically, we didn’t rate our chances and keeping the score down seemed to be our best hope, with any point gained bordering on the optimistic, if not miraculous.

As Mark Beevers was brought back into the fray, Phil Parkinson started with what he considers his best XI.

I’m sure many fans had enjoyed the online bargains on Black Friday but Bolton produced their own version of Black Saturday with on-field bargains from our defence.

Wolves proved to be a very good team and fully deserved to be where they are.

The scoreline reflected the gulf between the teams but it was helped by some diabolical defending.

Watching Bolton is still better than shopping but on Saturday, there wasn’t much in it.

Even Parkinson found a way out of watching this performance as he was sent for an early bath. For a brief moment when Will Buckley poked one in, we had something to cheer, frozen to the marrow as we were by that time.

It didn’t last long as the defence continued to hand out gifts.

Losing to the top team is not a disaster and it is not these results that will decide our season. Dropping two home points against Reading is much more damaging and disappointing.

The important thing is how we respond to this hammering.

The last time we got hammered this season, at Hull, we didn’t pick a point up or score for more than a month.

We have to bounce back next week and beat Barnsley.

Interestingly Wolves printed in the programme, a timeline of events for their club and I would say we are at least three or four years behind them.

They had a similar, if not more dramatic fall from the Premier to League One and this is their fourth season back in the Championship.

Having been to Molineux over the past few seasons, the change in fortunes and atmosphere around the club is encouraging to see and should inspire all at Bolton as to what can be achieved.