It’s fair to say things don’t look bright for Dundee United at the moment.
Propping up the Premiership table, they sit three points behind nearest relegation rivals Partick Thistle as well as some six points off guaranteed safety and 10th-placed Motherwell.
It looks like it’ll be a long, arduous winter for Mixu Paatelainen and the Tangerines.
But, despite another defeat at the weekend, which takes their run to just one win in their last 12 top-flight matches, is there cause for optimism by looking back at seasons gone by?
Well, the answer to that politely, is yes and no.
Here we take a look at the campaigns had by the sides who have been in the same position as United find themselves at the 14 game mark.
2014/15 — ROSS COUNTY
The Staggies were deep in the mire this time last season.
And it’s the stuff of miracles how they managed to stave off the threat of relegation.
After 14 matches, they had an almost identical record to United. Importantly, they sat on the same points total — eight.
St Mirren, who ended up at the foot of the table come May, had the same number of points but a better goal difference.
Jim McIntyre’s County stayed up by going on a 10-game unbeaten run between February 14 and April 25. They won 10 of the final 14 games, including a 2-1 win at Tannadice.
County finished with 44 points while St Mirren were relegated with 30.
2013/14 — HEARTS
In a lot of ways this season can be discounted, due in the main to the points deduction the Jambos started the season with.
Although the progress of 11th-placed Kilmarnock, who had nine points at this stage, is worthy of note.
Killie ended up finishing some four points clear of eventual Premiership play-off losers Hibs in 11th. They ended the campaign on a respectable 39 points.
Hearts completed the season on 23, which equates to 38 after taking into consideration their deduction.
In the end, that would have been enough to keep them up.
2012/13 — DUNDEE
This is probably the most worrying season if you are a United fan.
At this stage of the Dark Blues relegation campaign they were sitting on 11 points — three better off than the Tangerines are now.
Now, although that may not seem a lot, it’s fair to say that Dundee side was probably the worst top-flight team this city has produced in a long time.
Thrown together at the last minute following Rangers’ relegation after a series of financial indiscretions, then-manager Barry Smith had constructed a side capable of challenging for the second-tier title but way short of one to compete with the big boys.
And so it showed as the season wore on. A late rally, due mainly to the appointment of old boy John Brown and the signing of Gary Harkins, then for his second spell at Dens Park, kept things interesting. But in truth Dundee were never really close to staying in the division.
They went down with 30 points, 11 behind 11th-placed St Mirren.
2011/12 – INVERNESS
Caley produced heroics to stay up this season, at the expense of Dunfermline, but at this point had 12 points at the foot of the table.
That’s a whole four points better off than United are at present.
The team from the Highlands went on a five-game unbeaten stretch in the Christmas period which turned the tide.
They finished with 39 points, while the Pars had just 25 in 12th.