A week ago it would have seemed unthinkable that a 5-1 win would be greeted with grunts of dissatisfaction and a subsequent 3-1 win in Belarus would be treated as a famous victory, but it's funny how things turn out.
Belarus - just as Macedonia did before them - proved that any two-bit new-fangled eastern European side is technically superior to many of Our Boys, but the visitors' eventual victory was their fourth out of four World Cup qualifiers.
Rio Ferdinand may have sent shudders down the spine when he described manager Fabio Capello's approach as "results-orientated", but the upshot is a run of results not seen since the days of pig's bladders being kicked from one end of the town to the other.
The phrase was reminiscent - and by reminiscent ED means the same - of one of Steve McClaren's utterances during his reign of terror. Only Capello remembered to pack his compass and map for this result-orienteering trip, instead of spending too long choosing which umbrella to take.
In the same interview Rio also revealed how the WAG brigade's invasion of Baden-Baden during the 2006 World Cup was a "circus". And, like the easily-led lambs that they are, every hack ran with that rather than any news of the squad (except here of course. No way). It turned out to be a master-stroke of media management.
However - much like David Beckham smugly revealing that he picked up a yellow card against Wales in 2004 on purpose, in order to incur a suspension whilst carrying an injury - this was slightly tarnished by Rio's subsequent boast that he had intentionally made those quotes to distract the media
But getting results is what Signor Capello has been hired to do, and his treatment of the perennial Lampard/Gerrard quandary was always going to be key, and he has shrewdly worked out that the best way to play them together is to keep them apart. Gareth Barry has been deployed in between as a kind of mutual best friend, without whose presence there is only awkward silence but with it all is fun and games.
England have now scored 14 goals in Group Six thus far, something not many people expected when Il Postino Pat took the job.
As such, perhaps it's time to reassess our view of the man and and his football philosophy. After all, league matches involving Real Madrid during his second title-winning spell in charge two years ago produced 106 goals, more than the swashbuckling Manchester United last term.
However, that doesn't mean that he'll be best pleased by the ball-watching which led to Belarus scoring the best goal on a night great goals, and the fact that Emile Heskey was made to look like Ryan Giggs by full-back Dmitry Verkhovtsov as he set up Wayne Rooney's second goal should bring with it a little bit of perspective.
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In fact it was a good night all round for British Isles teams. Northern Ireland got a confidence-boosting 4-0 win over San Marino, the Republic went some way to exorcising the demons of Steve Staunton with a win over Cyprus, Wales earned a lot of respect for their narrow 1-0 defeat in Germany, and Scotland didn't play.
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England's 100 per cent record looks even more satisfying compared with the travails of France.
Following their limp exit from Euro 2008, boss Raymond Domenech's days looked to be numbered when his side got turned over 3-1 by Austria, a side that could only draw in the Faroe Islands at the weekend.
But there were anguished cries of 'Sacre Bleu' as a million pain au chocolat hit the floor following the announcement that the stargazing boss was given a vote of confidence by the French Football Federation.
FFF president Jean-Pierre Escalettes said: "We believe that an important step has been taken towards rebuilding the team. Now Raymond must be left in peace. There is work to be done, notably in defence, but the players showed that they could play with enthusiasm and that's what we expected from them."
It's all very well pointing out Les Bleus' defensive shortcomings, Jean-Pierre, but unless Raymond can convince the heavens to ordain with a centre-back pairing better than Eric 'Bambi-on-roller-skates' Abidal and Jean-Alain 'Boumsong' Boumsong whenever William Gallas can't be bothered then there isn't really much hope.
Domenech's record of major tournament embarrassment and subsequent qualification incompetence mirrors that of former England oddball Kevin Keegan, but at least King Kev had the decency to quit, something which has since become something of a hobby for him.
And now with all the mess over the French government's threat to immediately boycott matches if the French national anthem gets booed, it's a good time to be a fan of Les Rosbeef.
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QUOTE OF THE DAY: "Come on lads!" - A BBC Wales commentator gets carried away as the Dragons pushed for an equaliser against Germany. That's the spirit, boyo.
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