The only consolation to cling to for Linfield following their 1-0 defeat to Glentoran is that they have an opportunity to quickly get back into the winning groove.
The Blues take on Lisburn Distillery at Ballyskeagh this evening (7.45) hungry to get that Big Two shocker out of their system.
This is no time to press any panic button, but defender David Armstrong knows the champions’ mental strength is now under the microscope.
“We never turned up,” he told the club’s website. “It was below par throughout the team and we are all very disappointed.
“In the first-half we didn’t perform at all. In the second-half, we had most of the possession and weren’t able to score. It wasn’t a lack of effort, I think we deserved a draw at least.
“The players were on a real high going into the match as we were playing well.
“It’s important now to get back to that form against Lisburn Distillery, but I don’t think there are major changes needed.”
Whites boss Tommy Wright knows his side will be facing a wounded animal in the lion’s den.
“They will be smarting having lost the ‘Big Two’ game — David (Jeffrey) usually looks for a reaction and he usually gets one,” said Wright. “I’ll be looking for a reaction from our players too.”