Wolverhampton Wanderers missed the chance to return to the top half of the table yesterday when they lost at home to Huddersfield Town.
Not for the first time this season, Wolves have struggled against a team expected to finish in the bottom half.
In contrast, Wolves have been excellent against the so-called “big six”.
Is this a mentality problem that will hold Nuno Espirito Santo’s side back this season?
After 13 games, Wolves have four wins, four draws and five losses, leaving them in 11th place with 16 points.
Their draws have been home games against Everton and Manchester City, as well as away trips to Manchester United and Arsenal.
Normally, the neutral may have expected Wolves to record four losses against these sides.
Wolves were also unlucky to come away with nothing when Tottenham Hotspur visited Molineux; the game ended 3-2 to Spurs.
But against lesser opposition, Wolves have often struggled to break the other team down.
Losses against Huddersfield, Brighton, Watford and Leicester were all avoidable.
And even the games that Wolves have won against bottom half sides have been laboured.
Nuno’s side sneaked past West Ham in the 93rd minute, scored two late goals to beat Southampton and secured narrow 1-0 wins against Burnley and Crystal Palace.
In order to move to another level and compete for Europe, Wolves must be consistent in the way they play.
If they can perform like they do against the “big six” when they face lesser opposition, they will soon be flying.