Birmingham City suffered their first defeat of the season at Sheffield Wednesday.
A year ago to the day, Blues lost 3-1 at Middlesbrough on their return from their Europa League play-off.
They had drawn on Madeira against CD Nacional three days earlier. The trip to the Riverside was a sobering one.
Blues took the lead through an Adam Rooney penalty but were then put to the sword in the second-half by Boro.
It was their second successive away defeat of the new campaign under Chris Hughton.
After the memorable 3-0 victory over the Portuguese in the return leg, Blues went to Watford – their destination on Saturday evening (5.20pm).
They looked to have won it, thanks to an 88th minute Chris Wood goal. But an error by Boaz Myhill allowed old boy Martin Taylor to nod in the equaliser.
It was a stuttering start in the Championship for Blues to say the least. And a year down the line, it’s happening again.
Lee Clark’s side have had two very poor opening halves, against Charlton Athletic and Wednesday.
They have not fired properly and, like in that Watford match, a goalkeeper error has cost them.
Jack Butland’s inability to catch a cross resulted in Reda Johnson nodding Wednesday’s opening goal on Tuesday night.
The point is that Blues were unable to hit the ground running last season. They have not hit the ground running this season. A new manager and new players are still being assimilated. They have yet to find what suits and what works.
Charlton and Wednesday, the two sides automatically promoted from League One last season, were both assured, comparatively settled and had their tails up, back in the Championship.
In many ways, Blues could have done with playing them when they were not as bright eyed and bushy tailed.
Clark admitted that his tinkering with the formation at Hillsborough backfired.
He went with five in the middle of the park but the hosts ran rings round Blues.
“I knew that their crowd would be right behind them, first game back in the Championship for a while,” said Clark.
“I went for the three central midfield players in a 4-3-3, hoping we could dictate the tempo and be strong in the middle.
“But we actually gave them momentum because we were quite poor on the ball in the first-half.
“We had comfortable possession for the first two goals that we gave away. That resulted in us being 2-0 down and giving us far too much to do. We had a right good go second-half but it wasn’t to be.”
So Clark, and the supporters, are expecting a better showing at Vicarage Road this Saturday evening.
Nikola Zigic, who came off the substitutes’ bench to score for the second time in as many games, is in contention to start. But his future is shrouded in mystery as Real Mallorca are claiming he is likely to move to Spain.
“We gave ourselves a great chance in the second-half, we created far more opportunities, we put their back four under far more pressure,” Clark said.
“I felt we could have done that in the first-half, with the two wide men pushed high alongside Marlon King, in a front three.
“And I thought the three central midfield players could dominate their two. Ultimately that wasn’t the case so we had to change it again and, to be fair, big Ziggy has come on and been different class.
“So that gives me a bit of a knock as well in terms of where we go for the future.”