Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill is relieved that his side's away-day form is back under control after the shock to the system of shipping seven goals over the course of matches at Anfield and Stamford Bridge.
A scoreless draw at Wigan Athletic yesterday followed last Saturday's 1-0 win over Everton at Goodison Park. Although that means Villa have won a point in five of their seven Premiership away matches, O'Neill was keen to put things into perspective.
"I prefer to look at it the other way and say we've still had only one league defeat in 13," he said. "And if you'd asked me ten days ago about taking four points from two away games I'd have been delighted.
"In any case, not that I don't think every game in the Premiership is difficult, it's worth pointing out that Liverpool, who are much better than us, haven't won away from home yet.
"You'd hope that you win your fair share away from home but it's not been easy having played Chelsea, Arsenal and Liverpool.
"We had a problem here at Wigan, with Gavin McCann suspended and Stiliyan Petrov injured, but we still went in with plenty of confidence and just found ourselves driven back from the first whistle.
"Thomas Sorensen had to make a great save in the first minute, that set the tone, Wigan were miles better in the first half and we had to defend stoutly.
"It was only in the second half when we came into the game more and looked dangerous on the break but, had we taken all three points, that would have been harsh on Wigan."
Villa's efforts were all the more impressive given that, without McCann and Petrov, they had to start with a four-man midfield, whose average age was only 21 and a half, and in which skipper Gareth Barry, at the still comparatively tender age of 25, was the old stager.
But, of all his midfield performers, O’Neill was perhaps most impressed by the lively 25-minute cameo that Steven Davis put in after coming on as a second-half substitute.
"He did very well indeed," O'Neill said. "He was certainly more buoyant than he has been.
"He was a young kid last year, and stood out coming into a team that was not playing with confidence.
"Now he's being asked to do a job as a real first-team player rather than someone just flitting in and out and it's just a question of him getting a bit of confidence about himself.
"Gary Cahill also did very well overall, too, against Lee McCulloch, who can win a lot of flick-ons, and Henri Camara who, as I know from my days at Celtic when his confidence is up, can be bothersome."
McCann will return for next week's home match against Middlesbrough, and O'Neill is still hopeful at this stage about Petrov's fitness.
"He should be OK," the Villa manager said, "but he was very tentative in training and we're just hoping another week will do the job.
"It's not pulled though, it's not a three-week job, and I hope he could be fit for the Middlesbrough game."