Sergio Aguero and Yaya Toure lifted the post-title gloom for Manchester City with a couple of outstanding goals to secure a 2-1 win against West Ham .
Last season's elation at Eastlands has been replaced by the grim realisation that the red enemy from down the road are back in their familiar position of champions.
Manager Roberto Mancini has already demanded that the summer transfer business should not drag on like last year.
But the City chief clearly has plenty of quality at his disposal already, and the delightful efforts Aguero and Toure contribution to the entertainment underlined the fact they remain a force.
There was an unexpected post-script to the day though, with Joe Hart's mistake allowing Andy Carroll to net an injury-time consolation amid fears the England keeper had suffered an injury himself.
Mancini implored his players not to feel sorry for themselves in his programme notes, the loss of their title five games before the end of the season has to be a source of ...