Former West Bromwich Albion midfielder Richard Chaplow did his old club a huge favour on Tuesday night by scoring a brace to ruin Stoke City's opportunity to stretch their lead at the top of the Coca-Cola Championship - not that Tony Mowbray cares too much about how his side's rivals are getting on.
He says that his team are only concerned about things that they control.
However, while the form of their promotion rivals is out of their hands, Mowbray acknowledges that the Baggies need a boost to theirs. He said: "We have had one win in six games and that is not the form that we need in order to take us to where we want to go. But teams are coming here and putting a lot of men behind the ball and they have got a definite idea of what they want to do.
"I can't affect what teams like Stoke City or anyone else do but of course I understand that, statistically, we have to start winning matches regardless of what teams are doing around us.
"Teams like Watford and Stoke will drop points, I am sure of that, but we cannot worry about them."
It is hardly a coincidence that Albion's dip in form has come at time when goals have dried up for top scorer Kevin Phillips, who has not scored in his last four Championship games and only once in the league since the turn of the year.
Mowbray conceded that his side's conversion rate of the opportunities they create is not good enough at present, but indicated that that would not necessarily mean a change of personnel for this weekend's visit of Plymouth Argyle.
He said: "No, I don't think so. I have changed things round up front all season anyway.
"We have had injuries to our strikers so have rotated a lot and now three of them have good tallies; and we have just added another striker [Luke Moore, who made his debut against Hull City] so that freshens things up a little bit more.
"He has shown some nice flashes and we are convinced that he will bring something different to our game.
"He is not of the build of Ishmael Miller or Roman Bednar but he has genuine pace."
It is clear Mowbray is happier operating with a quartet of strikers.
Sherjill MacDonald was allowed to go out on loan to Hereford United a few weeks ago and now £1.25 million signing Craig Beattie, who only signed for the Baggies from Celtic in the summer, has been given permission to go out on loan following the arrival of Moore.
"I'm sympathetic to his frustrations but if Craig wants to get some game time then I'm happy to facilitate that for him," said Mowbray.
"He wants to play. I have brought him here but the way things have worked out he has not found himself on the bench at the weekend.
"Everything has to marry together. There has to be a team that wants Craig, he has to want to play for that club and I've got to allow that to happen.
Hillsborough seems the most likely destination for the 24-year-old Scot.
In contrast to the wealth of fit strikers that Mowbray can pick from, the Owls have suffered injuries to their three main forwards Francis Jeffers, Akpo Sodje and Leon Clark and are desperately trying to fill the void in their attempts to avoid relegation.
They have already signed Ben Sahar from Chelsea and Enoch Showunmi from Bristol City, both on-loan, but are still light up front.
Beattie scored twice for Albion's reserves in their 6-1 victory over Huddersfield Town on Tuesday night but could not get a place on the bench for Saturday's game against Hull City.
In 26 appearances for Albion this season 16 as a substitute Beattie has scored four goals.