Forfar Athletic sit joint bottom of League One, with only goal difference between them and Brechin City preventing the Loons occupying the automatic relegation spot.
That was the stark reality facing Forfar after Saturday’s 1-1 home draw against Cowdenbeath.
Following on the heels of a midweek point away to Airdrie, Forfar again put in a very good performance.
But the hard truth is that performances don’t matter anymore.
Points are required to haul Forfar to safety and away from the drop zone.
Forfar gained their point thanks to Andy Ryan’s second minute goal.
That it wasn’t all three was down to a sloppy defensive moment of madness just two minutes later.
The gaffer said: “It was like the game against Airdrie on Tuesday night again - we had loads of the ball and chances so to not score more than one in either game is disappointing.
“We have got to do better in front of goal but otherwise, the performance, retaining the ball, all the rest, we were great. It is just finding that final piece of the jigsaw, capitalising when we are on top in games and putting teams to bed.
“Obviously it has been a period of change for the players since we came in, getting used to the way we want them to play. We are now getting through to players how we want them to play.
“We are going at teams until the 90th minute whereas when we first came in we maybe weren’t doing that.
“It is tight at the bottom but we are still in there fighting and if we go in there until the end of the season with performances like that the results will come.”
Forfar enjoyed their dream start after just two minutes.
The ball was worked wide to Danny Denholm and his low centre from the left was hammered home by Ryan from eight yards out.
But two minutes later Cowdenbeath were level.
Greig Spence pounced on a slack header on the edge of the Forfar box and rounded keeper Darren Hill before stroking the ball home.
Beath keeper Grant Adam saved his side minutes later with a brilliant block and save to deny Ryan a second.
Denholm almost scored a stunning individual goal with a solo run from his own half past three challengers before his legs gave way and Adam smothered the loose ball.
The second half saw Forfar pile on the pressure and Swankie and Ryan both might have found the net with a bit more composure, while Adam was in fine form again with a great save to deny a blistering Hodge free kick.
Now Forfar face another home game on Saturday, when Ayr United are the visitors.