Coventry City are still counting the cost of Christmas as they prepare for their New Year's Eve trip to Preston.
The Sky Blues' encouraging run of three straight wins was ended on Boxing Day by too many encounters with the Elland Road woodwork.
And the disappointment of a 3-1 defeat to Leeds United that could so easily have proved a much hap-pier experience was exacerbated by Wednesday night's 1-1 draw at home to Crewe Alexandra.
Not only did Micky Adams' side, reduced to nine men for the final ten minutes, drop another two points, thanks to Luke Rodgers' last-gasp equaliser, they also lost the services of two key players.
Michael Doyle now misses tomorrow's trip to Deepdale after earning a 'second yellow card' sending off for dissent. And stand-in skipper Robert Page could be out even longer after picking up a double-fracture of his cheekbone.
The Wales international centre-half suffered a clash of heads. He will now have an operation but is expected to be out until February.
Fellow Welsh international Richard Duffy also picked up a broken nose, but that is not considered as serious a problem.
As for Doyle, he still faces a club fine on top of his one-game ban. But the worst punishment was the embarrassing repercussions of his departure.
Adams made his final two substitutions in an attempt to reshuffle, and when Page made his exit ten minutes from time, that left Coventry with no replacement and just nine men on the pitch. And Crewe took full advantage of their numerical superiority.
"I let myself down," said Doyle, "as well as all of our players on the pitch and all the supporters in the stands and I'm really sorry about it. I made the wrong choice and I'm really angry with myself about it.
"I'm deeply passionate about doing well for Coventry City but I admit I took that too far. I'm looking forward to hopefully getting back out on the pitch and making amends as soon as possible."
* Hull City are interested in signing Falkirk striker Darryl Duffy. Duffy's contract expires at the end of the season and the Tigers are reportedly ready to offer around £200,000.