Just when you think that football can't kick you in the teeth with any more pzazz or punch, along come days like these.
This is football after all – just when you think you’ve hit rock bottom, the beautiful game manages to go all Dane Bowers on you and find another level.
Rumour had it that a virus has swept through the camp leaving the team severely weakened. Even if this were the case, the performance was inexcusable, epitimised by Kris Commons having one of those days when he decided eschew common convention that regards football as a team game and instead elected to shoot each time the ball came to him, with predictably unsuccessful consequences.
Gary Megson - of course ,Megson was in charge - had this to say:
No, tactics never came into it. We went 5-3-2, 4-4-2, 4-3-3, 4-5-1 and then back to 5-3-2.
Indeed, those tactics just get in the way of winning a football match. So what was the problem?
Within the first minute we just didn't look at the races. We were disappointed at how we lost the first goal. We have to move on and accept this was a hiding.
Ah, well. At least it wasn’t a crucial game that left us sinking towards the oblivion of League 1 faster than stocks in MySpace post 2008.
Oh…..it was. And this was lurking around the corner.