A year ago things at Royal Antwerp were certainly a lot different to what they are today. The legendary Belgian club were humbled at home to Heist in a 3-0 result - which resulted in the home fans booing their own teams players off the pitch at full-time.
Fast forward to the present day, and things have certainly changed.
The club appointed Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink as their manager in May - and from then on the clubs fans have been in a state of euphoric expectation for the upcoming campaign.
The former Chelsea player, who became a club hero during his four year stint at Stamford Bridge, scored 250 goals in his career - and is clearly hoping his management style echoes his attacking elements.
And if a result from yesterday was anything to go by - then he has implemented that philosophy successfully.
Facing Heist, the team who embarrassed them in another life, the club romped to a 7-2 win away from home.
Yet the game looked as if it would be much closer early on. Bart Webers gave Heist the lead before Kevin Tano equalised - only for an own goal from Jannes Vansteenkiste to give Heist the lead again after 20 minutes.
What happened next was a demonstration of ruthless attacking proficiency. Antwerp went on to score five goals in 45 minutes to give them their massive victory margin - and take them to the summit of the Belgian Second Division.
Jordan Faucher bagged a hat-trick while Emrullah Guvenc also bagged a treble - peculiarly, all of his goals coming from the penalty spot.
Former Tottenham Hotspur and Crystal Palace player John Bostock also featured - one of three Englishman on show with Alex Fisher and Fergus Bell in the Heist team. Bostock came off in the 79th minute.
The 7-2 victory is an excellent turnaround from events at the club a year ago, and there is little doubt that the influence of Hasselbaink’s arrival is palpable.
But judging on early form, that won’t be the case much longer.
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