After two full seasons in the Championship it is clear being big fish in a small pond has been of no benefit to Dundee United.
And that is something Freddy Frans is well aware of with the defender insisting they have to fight to win points in a league where the pressure is always on.
Since their relegation from the Premiership in 2016, United have twice fell in the campaign-closing promotion play-offs and currently lie fifth in the table after a sticky start.
They travel through to Falkirk today to face a Bairns side managed by ex-Terrors boss Ray McKinnon, something which could add an extra element of pressure for Csaba Laszlo’s team.
However, 29-year-old Frans insists that is something they must learn to cope with while picking up the points.
“That’s one of the reasons why I wanted to play for Dundee United,” he said.
“I wanted the pressure. I am not a player made for playing without any pressure because then I wouldn’t be playing well.
“I need pressure to thrive and it’s a big club – it should be in the Premiership.
“It’s about how we deal with the pressure and Dundee United is probably the team with the most pressure on it in this league.
“You feel like the fans definitely want to get out of the Championship. I want to get out of the Championship as well.
“I’m not coming here to play my two seasons on my contract in the Championship.
“It’s going to be a tough game and, in this league, every game is tough. It’s not because they are bottom of the league that we should underestimate them.
“They have a new coach and they showed last week they played very good in the first half and the thing is they have nothing to lose, we have everything to lose.
“You see in this league there is not one game you can predict. Everybody can beat each other.”
After disappointing draws against Alloa and Morton in recent weeks, Frans knows there can be no more excuses.
He has captained the side in the absence of the likes of Fraser Fyvie and Stewart Murdoch and feels they are now more equipped, with their ‘leaders’ coming back to the squad, to go on a winning run.
“If you look at the way we played last weekend, we had 11 players starting who weren’t here last year but still we produce some good stuff,” he added.
“We need to be more efficient. We missed a few chances but also we concede every game.
“I do think we defend well but somehow we concede a penalty and the week before it was a free-kick against Alloa.
“It is not because of bad defending, just small things, and we need to get better at them.
“I think you see every week we are improving but, OK, there comes a time you need to put it in results and start to go on a run.
“You see Fraser Fyvie coming back, Billy King, Sam Stanton is still injured, Murdoch is out.
“These are players who would walk into a lot of Championship teams and be the leaders.
“There are positive things to look forward to.”
United will go toe-to-toe with pointless bottom side Falkirk today on an artificial surface.
However, Frans says they will not be using that or the ongoing stormy weather as excuses for another disappointing display.
“I don’t like to talk about the pitch because I don’t want to have any excuses. Whatever pitch it is we should play well.
“We went to Queen of the South and I think the first half we produced one of the best performances since I’ve been here.
“You come up against different circumstances and maybe it’s going to be 100mph wind.
“Every week it’s something so if you think too much about circumstances you are not focused.”