'I don't want football, I want ice hockey.'
On the day Lee Johnson outlined the style of play he wants to bring to Sunderland, his players mis-read the blueprint at Crewe.
The problem was that Johnson was referring to slickness of passing; instead his players let their standards slide at Gresty Road, and they were twice slammed head-first into the boards in a truly dreadful first-half showing.
It is hard to know where to begin with this Sunderland performance.
The two goal of the season contenders from subs Jordan Jones and Chris Maguire?
The explosion of relief at overcoming a 2-0 deficit to rescue a point in the 97th minute?
Or the shoddy, lethargic, grisly display - Sunderland's worst of the season by some distance - that left them reliant on two 25-yard worldies?
The easy thing to do would be to concentrate on the fightback, admire the quality of the goals, praise Sunderland for battling right to the end, and point out that they stay fifth in the table and actually moved a point closer to the automatic promotion places.
But let's be clear, to leave it at that would be disingenuous.
Those goals from Jones and Maguire, wonderful though they were, did not make amends for what had gone before.
Sunderland trailed 2-0 at half-time through goals from Chris Porter and Tom Lowery, both set-up by former Black Cat Mikael Mandron, but it could have been three or four with their back four lurching from shaky to shambolic.
Left-back Callum McFadzean was poor for both goals, and the normally reliable Luke O'Nien did not cover himself in glory either.
Even Dion Sanderson almost gave a goal away with a sloppy error, although he at least recovered to clear just in front of the line, and then redeemed himself in the second half with a crucial block to prevent Lowery putting the Railwaymen 3-0 ahead.
Further forward, Sunderland's midfield looked slow and ponderous and lacked any semblance of control, Aiden McGeady was anonymous, and Charlie Wyke received no service.
Things did not improve much in the second half until Johnson made a quadruple substitution on the hour, sending on Jones, Maguire, Jack Diamond, and Grant Leadbitter - although the latter lasted only seven minutes before he suffered a dislocated shoulder and was replaced by Carl Winchester.
Still Sunderland huffed and puffed, but 15 minutes from time Jones cut infield from the left and lashed the ball into the top right-hand corner.
It was a goal from nowhere, but it gave Sunderland hope and a couple of minutes later O'Nien was inches away equalising.
Lee Burge made an important save from Mandron in injury-time, and that set the stage for Maguire to latch on to Wyke's header just outside the right-hand corner of the area and dispatch a rocket shot into the top left-hand corner.
Crewe were shellshocked, the momentum was with Sunderland and Winchester almost completed the heist right at the death, only to see his header land on the roof of the net.
Maguire has been reduced to a bit-part player since Johnson took charge - he started against Wigan on the day Johnson arrived, and has not started a league match since - and having stuck around in January, a parting of the ways when his contract expires in the summer looks inevitable.
His goal was a reminder of his ability to conjure something out of nothing, and for Sunderland it produced a point they did not deserve.