Despite the result, the Logica dressing room remained upbeat after creating plenty of chances against the table-topping Stoke-alikes, and only going down to more late goals that gave the final score a distortingly harsh one-sided look. But whilst there is plenty of patience on the Stade terraces as Logica undertake some significant team rebuilding, Mad Dog will be aware that these good team performances need to start being converted into points pretty soon.
With all the players who have left over the last year or so, Logica can be extremely grateful that a player of Dav Gautam's quality is still available week in and week out, even after having clocked up ten seasons with the club. He was once again the creative hub, at the heart of most of Logica's most promising moves as the visitors strove to dominate.
Even better news is that new striker Richard Qureshi bagged a couple of goals, getting his Logica tally up and running. There had been much promise shown in his first two appearances, but any forward wants to see the goals going in, and this week's voters were duly impressed. Further back, Jamie Heath garnered more plaudits despite unselfishly playing out of position, and having to deal with a constant aerial bombardment of long throws and dead balls.