Papering over the cracks?
Call me a killjoy but Newcastle United's 7-2 mauling of Darlington is hardly the cause for optimism with the Magpies still on course for crisis - unless drastic action is taken soon.
It might sound like doom and gloom - but if there is anybody that can see Chris Hughton holding the fort all season and Newcastle making an instant return to the Premier League with a group of disillusioned players then I will take my hat off to them.
Shola Ameobi was fantastic with two goals, bad boy Joey Barton sprayed the play, Kevin Nolan looked good and Damien Duff looked like a world beater - ahem, against Darlo and a team of triallists and kids earning peanuts...
You would expect it really - but a look behind this result tells a different story.
The magnificent 4,000 strong Newcastle following enjoyed their day in the sunshine at the Darlo Arena.
But they also made their feelings known in front of watching managing director Derek Llambias.
The casino boss had a box seat directly opposite the huge following from Tyneside with unsavoury chants towards Mike Ashley - to which Llambias responded with a clear shake of the head.
And chants in support of Alan Shearer throughout the game as blasts of "Alan Shearer's black and white army" were belted out as Newcastle's first team donned their yellow kit for the first time.
Later one Toon fan in the posh seats offered Llambias a gift - his boxer shorts.
But unlike Ameobi on the day, who bagged twice, the United supporter was off target - and after skimming the head of a senior Newcastle Press figure they landed on the back of a bemused Darlo fan.
With members of the Shepherd family in the executive box and the Profitable Group still waiting for an answer after making their second bid for the Toon - it was pretty much just an average day for Newcastle United.