Derry City resume their league campaign against Cork City at the Brandywell tonight desperate for a change in fortunes.
City boss Peter Hutton is under growing pressure following a miserable season so far which has brought just three league victories from 17 games.
While Derry have been the victims of some poor officiating, Drogheda's equalising goal in a 1-1 draw two weeks ago not crossing the line, Derry have largely been architects of their own downfall.
A small and inexperienced squad has also been reduced with the recent departures of Sean Houston and Anthony Elding and with Hutton unable to boost his playing staff until the transfer window starts in July, the Candystripes will have to tough it out against John Caulfield's title hopefuls.
"It's a tough one to be starting with," Hutton admitted.
"We certainly have to have better results and performances in the second half of the season, there's no question about that.
"Once we have one or two new faces hopefully in a few weeks we'll have more about us."
Stephen Dooley is still a few weeks away from full match fitness despite playing in a recent friendly game against Greencastle, and with defenders Ryan McBride and Seamus Sharkey suspended, options are again limited for the Derry manager.
"Cork are a quality team and they have a fantastic squad," Hutton continued. "
Meanwhile, Hutton has dismissed suggestions that St. Patrick's Athletic are interested in signing Patrick McEleney, insisting the midfielder is going nowhere.