The long-serving midfielder who has, in recent years, operated with some aplomb in central midfield, was employed on the right side of a central four - a position where he first made his name in football.
Caretaker boss David Pleat opted for a 4-4-2 formation, with the returning Gus Poyet and Goran Bunjevcevic occupying the centre flanked by Jonathan Blondel on the left and Darren on the right.
Darren has long stated that his preference for central midfield stems from a desire to be more involved in the game, pointing out that players can become isolated in wide positions.
He was certainly seeing plenty of the ball on Wednesday and reported that he had no objections to being back where he once belonged.
"It was okay, I don't mind playing out there if I get enough of the ball - if I don't, I don't like it," he explained before joking that he is unlikely to be described as a flying winger these days...
"It's where I started my career, but I don't think I'll be flying up the wing as much as I did then! I enjoyed it and playing out there with Carry is not a problem as we have a good understanding," he added before saying the the 3-0 outcome against Coventry puts the team in good heart for the trip to the City of Manchester Stadium on Sunday.
"Yes, it is just what we needed."
It was a case of rolling back the years for Darren Anderton against Coventry in the Carling Cup on Wednesday night.