As Crystal Palace failed to add to their meager tally of two points from 11 games since the turn of the year against Leicester, memories of 2012/13 offered an uncanny consolation.
Alan Pardew’s side were fifth at the beginning of 2016, but have fallen to 16th since their form went over the precipice.
Yet, if the campaign in which they won promotion to the Premier League is anything to go by, their miserable run could have the unexpected byproduct of Wembley glory.
Palace’s 2012/13 season plotted a similarly boom-and-bust path to the one the club find themselves on this term.
Top of the Championship on December 1, 2012, after thrashing arch-nemeses Brighton 3-0 at Selhurst Park, they won just seven of their next 26 fixtures, coming perilously close to missing out on a play-off place on the final day.
The miserable post-Christmas run reached its apotheosis during the last ten games, the first nine of which failed to yield a single victory.
Outsiders of the four sides contesting the end of season knockouts, they were able to come through to best Watford in extra-time of the final at the national stadium.
Fast-forward three seasons and the Eagles are once more in distinctly unconvincing form and bound for a Wembley date with the Hornets, this time in the FA Cup semi-final.
The south Londoners are 27/20 to best Quique Sanchez Flores’ Golden Boys inside of 90 minutes, while their rivals are 19/10 to prevail and the draw is 23/10.
Meanwhile, Palace are the 72/100 favourites to reach the final, with Watford even-money outsiders.
Having left their miserable league form behind to eject opposition of the calibre of Southampton, Stoke and Tottenham from the competition already, hopes of reaching the final will be high.
Meanwhile, memories of the successful conclusion to the 2012/13 campaign offer a reminder that no amount of murky form is too great to leave behind where knockout competition is concerned.