It was a difficult time for Ronald Koeman in the Southampton dugout on Saturday afternoon. Not only did the Dutchman have to return to matchday duty while still recovering from injury - but he had to watch his side get comprehensively dismissed at St Mary's.
Southampton hadn't lost at home since February heading into their early kick-off against Everton in the Premier League. The Toffees, meanwhile, had drawn their season opener 2-2 against Watford: hardly the most impressive of starts.
Yet what unfolded seemed to sum Roberto Martinez's side up. Everton can be unstoppable just a week after looking very average.
And Koeman's reaction on Twitter summed up Southampton's 3-0 loss to Martinez's men. It was a 'clear defeat,' he admitted, while making the promise to supporters that his side are learning about the mistakes they made at St Mary's.
Clear defeat today! Performance 1half wasn't good! Learning about mistakes we did today! #WeMarchOn— Ronald Koeman (@RonaldKoeman) August 15, 2015
Southampton's start to the Premier League campaign has been far from ideal, then, with one point from a possible six. For Everton, however, many would no doubt have taken four from six before the season had begun. They might have anticipated the win coming against Watford not the other way around - but the ultimate outcome is still a superb one for the Toffees.