And here is the good news.
Manchester City climbed to the top of the Barclays Premier League for the first time this season with a hard-fought 1-0 win over Crystal Palace.
Everton finished 2013 on a high as Romelu Lukaku's first goal in six games helped them to a 2-1 home victory over Southampton.
Chelsea starved Luis Suarez of chances in claiming a 2-1 come-from-behind win over Liverpool in a pulsating Barclays Premier League clash at Stamford Bridge.
THE sight of a forlorn Steven Lawless picking himself up from a penalty box at Firhill was emblematic of a frustrating home campaign for Partick Thistle.