The postponement of England's World Cup qualifier in Poland forced ITV to rearrange its Wednesday afternoon schedule. And you could forgive fans of daytime staple 'May The Best House Win - Viva Espana' for wondering why their programme was canned in favour of yet another repeat.
We saw nothing in yesterday's game that we have not seen hundreds of times before.
It neatly encapsulated every England away game ever played. Definitely not good, but not catastrophic either. Technically abysmal to the point where it seems futile to discuss tactical deficiencies - but a result that allows the team to 'take the positives'. Yet more evidence that England are just not a top international side - but another step towards qualification.
So England were outplayed by a team ranked outside the world's top 50? Ho hum. There is no point getting upset. This is how life is.
Anyone raging at the impotence of Roy Hodgson's side simply hasn't been paying attention to the last 40 years.
Berating England's inability to pass feels a lot like shouting at a bear for not being able to ride a unicycle .
No amount of desire or passion (of which England have roughly as much as any other team) can cover for a basic lack of technique.
If ED racks its brains it can only remember two good away performances in the last generation (Germany 2001, Croatia 2008) - and both of those were triumphs of counter-attacking football rather than overwhelmingly dominant displays.
So a failure to demolish Poland should surprise precisely nobody.
International football is a curious beast, in the the paucity of matches means we expect every game to go 'to form'.
In international terms, England are maybe the equivalent of Liverpool - not as good as we should be or think we are, clinging to memories of former glories (though Liverpool have more of those than England), with our angst heightened by a largely unfounded notion that we are somehow special.
Poland are probably Aston Villa. Fleetingly good, but mostly just... there.
Liverpool might expect to win away to Villa, but an unconvincing draw would hardly represent cause for alarm.
Yet when England do the same it provokes enough teeth-gnashing to keep a thousand dentists in employment.
(Oddly, England are extremely good at keeping up their end of this bargain - by always, unfailingly, losing to the first good side they play at tournaments.)
Why, oh why, ED heard it asked yesterday, can Tom Cleverley complete over 90 per cent of passes for Manchester United but only 75 per cent for England?
For one, he's not passing to Paul Scholes, Shinji Kagawa or Robin van Persie. But in any case, the heavy United representation yesterday is ironic given they are sporting their worst midfield since the turn of the 90s.
Failing to control the centre of the park has become their calling card in recent seasons.
Sifting through the disgruntlement on Twitter, ED came across calls for the return of Scholes (passing), Rio Ferdinand (composure) and, inevitably, John Terry (pointless look-at-me 'passion').
It is almost as though those players - or any England international under the age of 65 - has been part of a successful international team.
This isn't France bringing back Zinedine Zidane for the 2006 World Cup. Ferdinand, Scholes and Terry had decent stints in the England side, but all won nothing.
Why are we nostalgic for a past that was every bit as disappointing as the present?
Early Doors has literally no idea how St George's Park works, and how it will go about transforming England's football culture.
But as an indicator of the state of the nation, the first proper England game (sorry, San Marino) after the National Football Centre's opening could hardly be more apt.
QUOTES OF THE DAY
Danny Rose: "Two stones hit me in the head when I went to get the ball for a throw-in and whenever I touched the ball there was monkey chanting. After 60 minutes my mind wasn't really on the game, I was just so angry. It was just so hard to concentrate and I could have cost the lads the game because I made a few mistakes through not concentrating. My mind wasn't on the game."
Serbian FA: "Danny Rose, behaved in inappropriate, unsportsmanlike and vulgar manner towards the supporters ... FA of Serbia absolutely refuses and denies that there were any occurrences of racism before and during the match at the stadium in Krusevac. Making connection between the seen incident - a fight between members of the two teams - and racism has absolutely no ground and we consider it to be a total malevolence."
FOREIGN VIEW: Meanwhile, Germany have taken a frustratingly level-headed view on their meltdown against Sweden in which a 4-0 lead became a 4-4.
Said coach Joachim Loew: "For us this should be a life lesson. A lesson in how one should finish off a game. I simply have no explanation for what happened.
"I never expected to see my team thrown off rhythm like that. It was something that had to do with their head and we are all bitterly disappointed.
"But we will not be thrown off track. This may be a game where you can learn something for life."
And team manager Oliver Bierhoff added: "It is important that we do not return to our daily routines but that we analyse this game in the cold light of day."
Meanwhile, Germany legend Franz Beckenbauer weighed in: "Germanys game is not a drama. Actually one can only smile that something like this can still happen in today's football."
Grrr... you Germans, with your sane analysis and your refusal to overreact. It makes ED mad.
COMING UP: We've got an exclusive interview with Sam Allardyce desperate to spill itself all over the website. That will be live at about lunchtime. And Jan Molby gives his views on the England-Serbia controversy.