Looking from the outside Coventry City are in the midst of an early season wobble.
But delve deeper and analyse the facts and even those of a glass half empty persuasion cannot deny that the Sky Blues have endured a baptism of fire on their return to the Championship.
It’s true that letting in 23 goals – the worst in the division – does not make for comfortable reading at the 11 game mark when the team have just eight points to show for their efforts.
The salient point, however, amid the perceived doom and gloom is that Mark Robins’s men have played six of the top seven sides in the league so far and only really been out-played twice – firstly, when they were completely out-classed by fallen Premier League side Bournemouth and, secondly, when they were reduced to ten men early on against a rampant Blackburn who showed no mercy.
The highlights have undoubtedly been beating the leaders Reading 3-2 and an impressive QPR by the same scoreline – both games on a Friday night under the lights at St Andrew’s.
Three of the last four defeats, however, have seen infuriating outcomes following really encouraging performances.
At Middlesbrough, City were looking good for a point but, arguably naively, went looking for a winner and promptly lost possession cheaply to invite a costly counter attack with nine minutes to go.
Having kept Boro at arm’s length for 80-odd minutes, they should really have kept things tight and taken a point.
Forest away was an even worse story of woe. Up against an average looking side still struggling to find its own feet amid changes in management and personnel, the Sky Blues did more than enough to win the game and, at the very least, should have come away with what would have been another decent away point.
But a series of sloppy errors, unforgivably deep in stoppage time, resulted in the first of two morale sapping penalties in the space of two games to hand victory to the opposition.
The second came at the weekend when, having done brilliantly to come from behind and take the lead against an incredibly well-blessed Watford side, City pressed the self destruct button again by conceding another wholly avoidable spot kick.
All three of the Hornets’ goals were poor from a defensive point of view but that should not cloud the impressive forward play on display for long periods at Vicarage Road where the home side have an impressive unbeaten record.
On the evidence so far City are not that far away from getting things right.
There are mitigating circumstances, not least the loss of key men such as Fankaty Dabo – so crucial to City’s attacking play – and a hugely testing run of fixtures.
Now is not the time to panic. Now is the time for a bit of faith, plenty of hope and belief that this group of players will start turning nearly displays into much-needed points.