IT really did not take much for the dark side of Warrington Wolves to re-emerge.

After a brave but ultimately unsuccessful effort against St Helens, I wrote that the progress made would count for nothing if it was not built upon in this game.

Wire had two weeks to hone what went right, work on what went wrong and come up with another display to give supporters reason to believe brighter times may be ahead.

What they delivered was the exact opposite – a display comparable with any of the abject showings produced this year.

And here, there was no hiding place. If the players, coaches and club officials were not aware of how dissatisfied fans are with the current plight before, they should be acutely aware of it now.

Of course, it should not spill over into abuse and the incident that saw Ben Currie and Mike Cooper leap into the North Stand to confront fans is not what anybody wants to see, but it speaks to an atmosphere around the club that is becoming increasingly toxic.

What cannot be argued, however, is that any Warrington supporter who paid their hard-earned money to watch what their side dished up here would have been well within their rights to vent their frustrations.

And all of this came after Wire actually started the game reasonably well, creating two golden opportunities that they should have made more of with the game scoreless.

Even when Matty Ashton dragged them level, it should have been a platform upon which to build but what followed was a nightmare five minutes in which they conceded three entirely preventable tries without even touching the ball.

If this had been a boxing match, the referee would have waved it off after James Donaldson had touched down. There was no way this battered Wire side were rising from the canvas.

Composure both with and without the ball was sorely lacking – once again it is tough to recall a period in which they put sustained pressure on the Leeds line while sloppy errors punctuated their efforts to respond.

They could not control the ruck and as a result, things got ugly.

A third 40-point loss in this run of four straight defeats to make it 132 points shipped during that time – whatever your aspirations may be, that is far from good enough.

The top six seems a distant dream and while there remains time to rescue something from this season, the issues currently plaguing this side seem like too much to fix in the weeks and months that remain.