It's been a long, hard week for Birmingham City fans following the devastation of last Sunday's derby defeat.
So what worse way to end it than an encounter tomorrow with Blackburn Rovers and Robbie Savage, the man who deserted them in such acrimonious style for Ewood Park nine months ago?
Apart from the antipathy that already exists between Blues manager Steve Bruce and his old St Andrew's No 2 Mark Bowen - now at Blackburn - there is also the small matter of Craig Bellamy.
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He is fit to face the club he rejected last January and, although former Rovers midfielder David Dunn will not start, Blues will probably field two other former Blackburn players - Damien Johnson and Martin Taylor.
But of all the potential flashpoints in tomorrow's lunchtime kick-off, Savage's first reunion with Blues since leaving in January is undoubtedly the spiciest.
"A lot was said, but not by me," said Savage of the badfeeling which surrounded his departure from St Andrew's. "It was mostly by Birmingham City. They said I turned it into a circus but, over the three or four weeks, but it was them doing the talking.
"I think I handled myself right. But the thing that got me was that every day, whether it was Karren Brady, David Sullivan, David Gold or Steve Bruce, they were always saying something."
Savage's initial reasons for wanting a move were never entirely clear. But the fact is that he ended up better off as a result - and, thanks to the North-west's motorway system moving a little more freely than it does in the Midlands, with a greatly reduced travelling time to the family home in North Wales.
"There were a lot of things," he said. "Firstly, I've got a young son and I wanted to move closer to home to be nearer my family.
"My mother had had a slight stroke, which I blame myself for because of all the negative press I get, and my father had to finish work due to ill health.
"But for the Birmingham press to send reporters round to their house to see if they were really ill and see if I was telling the truth was an absolute disgrace."
Savage has always insisted that money was not the main issue. "It was a financially better for me to move," he said, "But that's not saying I wanted thousands of pounds a week more. Just a small financial packet more than I had at Birmingham.
"It's well known that Everton were in for me in almost every transfer window while I was at Birmingham. But, as soon as Mark Hughes showed an interest in me, I wanted to play for him. And I'm delighted I eventually got there. Moving to Blackburn is the best thing I've ever done.
"But the bottom line is that it was not about the money. It was about being happy where I played my football. I just didn't what to be there [St Andrew's].
"It all started eight or nine weeks before I put a transfer request in. The manager knows that and I know that, so for them to play the greedy card was amazing.
"If I was being greedy I'd have caused a fuss sooner.
"They promised me a contract at Christmas, then they promised me a contract when they were safe and it never came.
"And when it did finally come it was on exactly the same money that I had originally signed for. My new contract was not a penny more than my old contract, so people can make their own minds up about whether I was greedy." n Birmingham City are being linked with prolific Icelandic striker Gunnar Heidar Thorvaldsson.
The skilful 23-year-old has been in great form for Swedish club Halmstads this season, having hit 16 goals in as many games.