Well the positives were that we played a lot better, we won a penalty and we even went and scored it.
The one big negative – apart from the result – was that we have wasted way too many games to stumble upon such encouragement when most fans were screaming for this formation for weeks.
With last season’s painful 4-4-2 home experiences to Liverpool, Everton, Wigan, Bolton and Blackburn still fresh in the memory, many have been screaming for us to pack up the midfield since 2.30pm on Saturday September 17.
Forty-two days later and Mick thinks likewise after being so bafflingly frivolous in lost games we can’t retrieve.
This was Mick’s seventh consecutive change to the league starting XI, in a curious statistic that demands closer scrutiny.
Which game was our manager less bothered about?
What did he see in Michael Kightly at Compton to play him against QPR and Spurs that he then felt compelled to loan out to Championship strugglers Watford?
And what did David Edwards do to warrant selection at Anfield on September 24 after nine months out injured, only to be shunned from our entire squad (Newcastle aside) for 35 days until his Eastlands recall.
Forgive me for sounding like a mindless idiot, but such selection indiscrepancies are driving me barmy in the absence of any meaningful justification.
All I’ve been after for 42 days is a 4-5-1 system that is difficult to play against and preferably features Guedioura in the middle.*
I got my wish yesterday and for the first time in six games, Charlie Nicholas and co said we were difficult to play against.
Maybe if the otherwise faultless Hennessey hadn’t have dithered in the second half, we could have been celebrating an unlikely point.
And what bile would the manager have in store for the mindless idiots if we had of, despite most of them calling for this very formation?
It’s no wonder Mick used his programme notes from Wednesday night to justify his credentials to us all.
He said: “I’ve got all the coaching qualifications I can own, I’ve won the championship with two different teams and I took the Republic of Ireland to the last 16 of the World Cup finals.”
As we all tremble for the gargantuan-sized fixture with Wigan on Sunday, let us all hope we see those virtues for ourselves.
And that we don’t play 4-4-2.
*He did use this formation at WBA for 45 mins with Milijas, only to scrap it at half time with the score at 0-1.