They may have entered some choppy waters but Dundee United manager Robbie Neilson insists their ship is still sailing in the right direction.
United shipped five goals with none in reply as they were sunk by Ayr United at Tannadice last Friday but boss Neilson believes they can still navigate a safe path back to the Premiership this season.
If they can get back on course, returning to form like the six-game unbeaten run under Robbie they were on until last Friday, they’ll be in the mix come the end of the campaign.
Speaking from his experience of winning the Championship as Hearts manager in 2015, Robbie, said: “To win a league you, generally, have to win two thirds of your games and also draw a few.
“That means you could be losing around a third of your matches – there is a realistic possibility of doing that.
“So we have to understand that we are going to get beaten sometimes – it’s how you respond to defeat that matters.
“If you look at the period covering the Partick game to now, the form is Championship-winning form.
“If we continue in the manner we have been during that period, albeit we have just had a very disappointing result, we will give ourselves a very good chance of challenging.
“We have to put the Ayr result in perspective.
“Yes, it was a very disappointing one for everyone involved – players, fans, staff, the whole lot – but we have to continue to push forward and get a winning run going again.”
Looking to the immediate future, Robbie knows the first hurdle they have to jump to make their title dream a reality comes in the form of Morton away today before facing another long trip to take on John Robertson’s Inverness the following Saturday.
And the 38-year-old is wise enough to know these kind of games are often the ones which win you the league.
“The most important match for us is Morton,” he added.
“If we go there and get three points then we can look at Inverness.
“It is not the Ayr or Ross County games that win you the league it is the other ones, like this one at Cappielow.”