Diomansy Kamara, the West Bromwich Albion striker, was always going to give one team a tough time. It might well have been Manchester City.
Kamara scored a fine goal and played a significant part in ensuring that Albion won 2-0. And Curtis Davies, the Albion defender, admitted to feeling sorry for City, given Kamara's form.
Kamara, nicknamed "Joe", performed badly against Fulham the previous week but went from one extreme to the other two days ago.
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"Joe wasn't happy with his performance last week and to start a game like he did against City was quality," Davies said. "He got a whack for it from one of their lads later but he'll take that considering he scored.
"Their front two weren't as lively as they were last week against Charlton but maybe that's good on mine and Clem's [Neil Clement] part - and the defence as a whole. Maybe they just had an off-day.
"As soon as the first goal went in we looked in control all the way. Now we need to try to get as many points on the board before we face three big games against Manchester United, Tottenham and Liverpool.
"If we can take another three points at Portsmouth on Saturday we'll be happy. I wouldn't have signed here if I thought we were going to go down. Then we can try to nick points from the other three games."
Albion produced their best performance of the season in defeating City but Bryan Robson, their manager, still left The Hawthorns with a bitter taste.
It is his claim that Ben Thatcher, the Manchester City left-back, was fortunate not to to be shown the red card, along with Andy Cole, towards the end of an entertaining match.
Cole, the former England striker, was dismissed four minutes from time for two yellow-card offences, the second when he was harshly adjudged to have led with his elbow in an aerial challenge with Kamara. However, Thatcher could easily have been sent off earlier when television replays showed that he caught Kamara on the chin with his forearm as he won the ball.
"Other referees might have sent him off," Robson said. "It was a strong challenge and his elbow was raised with intent."
Mike Dean, the referee, did not appear to see the incident, although Robson's opposite number, Stuart Pearce, was rather surprised at the reaction of his former England team-mate.
Pearce said: "I remember playing alongside Bryan for ten years and he was always on at me to put the winger in the stand like Ben did. It is interesting to see how his opinions have changed. I guess that kind of thing happens when you are in management."
Pearce did concede his side had lost their discipline during the second half. Thatcher, Joey Barton and Richard Dunne were cautioned during an increasingly fractious encounter before Cole was finally sent off.
Pearce said: "I would have to look at Andy's challenge again but he definitely headed the ball.
"But as a team we seemed to lose a bit of discipline."
By that time, City were already heading for defeat, only six days after they scored five goals against Charlton.
Another excellent contribution by full-back Paul Robinson had Robson saying he would not look out of place in Sven-Goran Eriksson's England squad.
Robson, whose team extended an unbeaten run in the Premiership to four matches, said: "I have seen Paul play against some of the best wide men in the country and nobody gives him a hard time.
"He is aggressive, has a great attitude and excellent quality on the ball. He is certainly a better player than many people give him credit for.
"When Ashley Cole was injured I said Paul would not let anyone down."