This column wouldn’t expect nearly 1,000 midweek travellers to Fulham to agree (and what a terrific following that was in the sure kn owledge of seeing effectively a Sheffield United reserve team) but exiting the Capital One Cup was probably conducive to the bigger picture.
Not that there was anything to celebrate at Craven Cottage, where Kieran Wallace and Jose Baxter (stupidly and recklessly it seems) were sent off.
The real midweek high note came off the field in Che Adams signing a new three-year deal with an option for a fourth.
It doesn’t necessarily mean, of course, that, if he maintains his exciting impetus, Adams will stay that long.
The challenge for United as a whole is to keep pace with the progress of their best young talent, which is something they have singularly failed to do in the past; hence the sales.
Doing that also means not over-relying on a rare but raw prodigy and also reinforcing the defence, with efforts in progress.
Manager Nigel Adkins knows the balance required and, having invested heavily in Billy Sharp, the value of the striker’s first return goal last weekend cannot be overstated.
It was fitting, too, that he dedicated it to much-esteemed club photographer Martyn Harrison, who has recently been hospitalised by illness.
Thoughts and best wishes with you, Martyn.