After a tetchy pre-game response to a reporter asking about the exclusion of John Sutton, John McGlynn then brought the centre forward out from the cold to lead Hearts' line.
Alongside him was another striker who has found game time limited, Gordon Smith, and the pair combined to fine effect at Tynecastle as Aberdeen were defeated 2-0.
What prompted the change of tact from McGlynn to abandon his favoured 4-2-3-1 formation for a 4-4-2?
Will the change impact the team for the rest of the season or was it a one-off experiment?
With changes afoot in January as Hearts move to slash their wage bill, who could make way and what sort of squad will McGlynn have to play with come the end of January?