A poorly managed game exploding into a touchline melee, the consequence of which was George Honeyman and Wycombes Nathan Tyson seeing red.
Slowly, though, it dawned on everyone that this could well mean that homegrown captain Honeyman might now miss the chance to lead his side out at Wembley.
By his own admission, after having to shoulder the burden of playing in only the second Sunderland side to ever be relegated to the third tier, that would have been tough to take.
It is obvious still that missing three crucial league games stings the 24-year-old, but the bizarre relaxation of the competitions suspension rules at least means he will not be denied the chance to wear the captains armband next Sunday.
It was five minutes later that I actually calmed down and started to think about the consequences.
Walsall, that was my mums birthday so she was bringing a group of friends over to the game, their first time watching Sunderland.
Sunderland have received a huge boost ahead of their Wembley date with Portsmouth, as midfielder George Honeyman has been cleared to feature in the game.