Crewe Alexandra 4 Coventry City 1
Crewe's sartorial elegance might leave much to be desired but they were a cut above Coventry where it mattered most - on the pitch.
The majority of the home team's players wandered into Gresty Road wearing jeans and T-shirts. The standard of Crewe's display compared to Coventry, however, was more Savile Row than Matalan.
The difference in Coventry's results away from home compared to the fortress-like Ricoh Arena could not be more different.
The Sky Blues are unbeaten in 13 home matches whereas only two league victories have been chalked up on their travels this season, at Queens Park Rangers and Hull City.
That worrying trend needs to be rectified if the club are to mount a serious push for the play-offs next season because this is the kind of fixture which Coventry must start winning if they are to become genuine contenders.
Of more immediate concern is the woeful way in which they surrendered against a Crewe team who came into this game with only four home wins and who have the worst goal difference in the Championship.
Despite this splendid result for Crewe, it is almost certain Dario Gradi's men will be plying their trade in League One next season but Coventry made the Railwaymen look unbeatable.
It was hard to imagine this was the identical Sky Blues line-up who had fought so valiantly against promotion-chasing Leeds United only seven days earlier.
Gone was the fight, the endeavour, the brawn, the skill shown against Kevin Black-well's team.
In its place was an insipid performance which ranks amongst the worst of the season. The 1,581 travelling Sky Blue army deserved better.
None of Coventry's back four who started emerged with any credit as they were pulled apart by Gareth Taylor - who struggled to make an impact for League One Nottingham Forest this season - and Luke Rodgers.
Centre-half Richard Shaw showed his disgust at his 25th minute replacement but, as Micky Adams admitted afterwards, it could have been anyone who was substituted.
Adams had to make a change to attempt to spark his team into life. After falling behind within 17 minutes to two headers from Billy Jones and Madjid Bougherra, the visitors briefly threatened to click into gear when Stern John headed home his seventh of the campaign.
Any thoughts of getting a foothold in the game were erased less than 60 seconds later when Rodgers turned smartly in the box and admit-tedly enjoyed a slice of luck when his volley bounced into the net via a post.
Central midfielders Michael Doyle and Don Hutchison were virtually anonymous, particularly in the first half as the game passed them by and when they did start to gain a bit more possession in the second half the duo uncharacteristically wasted possession.
The fourth goal, from Taylor, owed much to luck since Marton Fulop had Steve Jones' initial shot covered before the ball took a huge deflection off the striker to sum up Coven-try's away day misery.
This result is a painful reality check - and puts the play-offs virtually out of the equation.
Some may think it is becoming psychological. That is a reason that Coventry's on-loan Tottenham keeper Fulop doesn't accept.
"I have been thinking a lot about why we are so poor away from home," the Hungarian international said. "I think at home in front of our fans the team has more desire. I don't think it is a psychological problem.
"We are very, very disappointed with the performance. I think we came here too confident."
Having a positive mental attitude is important but as Crewe illustrated it is better to concentrate on producing the goods in the 90 minutes of play instead of peripheral matters such as looking the part.