The Nathan Jones era at Southampton properly starts here.
Before the break, Ralph Hasenhüttl’s time as Saints’ boss came to an end, after 173 games and almost four years at the helm.
Nathan Jones was swiftly apportioned as the successor, with his first game certainly a baptism of fire.
Before the World Cup break, Southampton were beaten 3-1 at Anfield; their third successive defeat.
This leaves the Saints 19th, two points adrift of safety, facing South Coast neighbours Brighton on Boxing Day.
Before then, the 2017 finalists are looking to continue their League Cup adventure.
So far, the Saints have swatted aside Cambridge United at the Abbey, before requiring a penalty shootout to oust Sheffield Wednesday.
Here, introduced to the St Mary’s faithful for the first time, will Jones enjoy a victory?
Lincoln City meantime have needed to overcome Doncaster, Barrow and Bristol Rovers, all on the road, to get this far.
The Imps reached the FA Cup quarter-finals as a non-league club in 2017, but this is already their best-ever run in this competition.
With their weekend trip to Cheltenham postponed, Mark Kennedy’s men remain 14th in League One, dreaming of claiming a Premier League scalp.
Will Southampton’s quality see them through to the last eight?