The time to shuffle sheepishly back up the garden path like naughty children awaiting the wrath of their parents is upon Sunderland.
After facing the initial rage of those who keep a roof over their heads, Gus Poyet’s men will also have to deal with the fact that they have disappointed those who love them most.
Having let things get badly out of hand (0-8 out of hand) on last week’s trip to Southampton, the bad news is Arsenal are coming to visit.
The Gunners are 3/4 jollies to inflict further punishment on the beleaguered Black Cats too, but a glance back through the annals at the subsequent performances of those subjected to similarly chastening batterings suggests reasons for hope.
Sunderland are 15/4 for victory and 5/2 to claim a restorative draw, while they can be backed to avoid being turned over on their own territory at 11/10.
Here are some memorable hammerings (in which the victor scored seven or more) that suggest it may even be the most optimistic of those wagers that lands.
Man City 7 Norwich 0 – 2013/14
Seven different scorers registered at the Etihad, including two clad in Canary yellow as Chris Hughton’s side were tossed around like rag dolls by the title-bound Citizens.
What happened next – Carrow Road redemption! Norwich 3 West Ham 1.
Arsenal 7 Blackburn 1 – 2011/12
Relegation bound Rovers were already 3-1 down by the time swarthy defenceman Gael Givet saw red for bringing down Robin van Persie, humiliation followed.
What happened next – Steve Kean’s side saw off a spirited QPR fightback to win 3-2.
Man Utd 7 Blackburn 1 – 2010/11
Dimitar Berbatov had been bottling his goals on a ten-match scoreless streak and the Ewood Park side were once again on the receiving end, with the languorous Bulgarian hitting five.
What happened next – Wolves pitched up in Lancashire and were duly dispatched 3-0.
Tottenham 9 Wigan 1 – 2009/10
Preceding Berbatov by a year Jermain Defoe helped himself to quintet of second-half strikes as Spurs became the first Premier League side to score nine since Manchester United beat Ipswich 9-0 in 1995.
What happened next – Sunderland were downed 1-0 allowing self-respect to be regained.