The coffers at Brentford are £10million to the good thanks to the triple sale of Jota, Maxime Colin and Harlee Dean to Championship rivals Birmingham.
How cruel, then to add a three-point mugging to the bill. That is how it must have felt to manager Steve Cotterill after watching his team succumb to two late goals from in-form opponents.
Substitute Neal Maupay made the sort of impact which earns managers pats on the back. First he won a penalty following a push from Michael Morrison, duly converted by Ollie Watkins. Then Maupay helped himself to the second six minutes from time to turn a half-promising night into a disaster for Cotterill.
Birmingham: Kuszczak, Colin (Cotterill 9), Morrison, Roberts, Grounds, Davis, Kieftenbeld (Jutkiewicz 77), Jota (Gallagher 57), N'Doye, Maghoma, Adams.
Subs Not Used: Gardner, Dean, Boga, Trueman.
Booked: Davis, Morrison.
Brentford: Bentley, Dalsgaard (Barbet 65), Egan, Bjelland, Clarke, Mokotjo, Woods, Jozefzoon (Canos 85), Sawyers, Watkins,
Vibe (Maupay 70).
Subs Not Used: Macleod, McEachran, Daniels, Mepham.
Goals: Watkins 74 pen,Maupay 84.
Ref: Chris Kavanagh (Lancashire).
After the storm of Sunday, this should have been the clean-up operation. The thermostat was certainly back down to room temperature three days after the happy clappers of St Andrew’s turned the stadium into a hail of paper missiles.
Perhaps the marketing geniuses who considered the atmosphere of the second city derby would need enhancing should have thought that Brentford at home could have done with a bit of a pep-up.
Sunday’s draw against Aston Villa was all about the occasion and could yet come back to haunt Birmingham thanks to the bottles, coins and various other detritus which rained on to the pitch.
The FA are, needless to say, investigating. It certainly won’t have helped Cotterill’s cause as he plots a way out of the situation