No matter which way you look at it. No matter how encouraging the team plays in fits and bursts. No matter how many players are out injured. No matter how biting the transfer embargo is. Whichever way you look at it, it's not good. It's far from good. It's as far from good as it could be.
There seems little point going over all the nuances and intricacies of the current situation at our beloved club - besides, that box got ticked last week here.
It was suggested earlier this evening that the match report from Saturday's defeat at Hillsborough would suffice for this evening's game. Maybe the report from the Bristol defeat would be more apt - an early concession leading to defeat. By all accounts, tonight's performance was better but the fact remains that defeats to Bristol City and Preston along with the failure to beat Charlton earlier in the season offer little hope.
Tonight's game was not a 'must-win' one in terms of sealing relegation or anything drastic like that. But in terms of faith in Dougie Freedman, the players and the way the club is being run, it might well be the Rubicon. The club now seems stuck in an awful limbo of maybe requiring a change of managers while knowing full well that such a change may well be even more damaging. Talk about rocks and hard places....
All that is left to do in the short term is to put everything aside and support the team on Friday night for the duration of the game.
That and to consume copious amounts of alcohol before laying down in a darkened room and wishing the pain away.