Hull City 2 Stoke City 1
0-1 down at half-time, nearly 0-2 after a certain Gardner own goal miraculously averted by Matt Duke. Then, the fightback: equaliser from Stoke old boy Olofinjana, and the last minute winner from Vennegoor of Hesselink. Brown breathes again.
He has been saved by the return of Jimmy Bullard after 10 months out. Bullard bossed the park for substantial chunks of the game and made the winning goal. Another couple of weeks without him and Brown's P45 would probably have been nestling in the pocket of his Armani overcoat.