In the blink of an eye, almost, Hull City have gone from play-off hopefuls to relegation probabilities.
So what just has gone wrong at Hull?
“It’s hard to believe when you look at the Championship table,” says Phil Buckingham of the Hull Daily Mail, “but Grant McCann’s side were a point off the top six when they began the year with a 1-0 win away to Sheffield Wednesday.
“There was genuine optimism that we could be watching a team chasing down the play-offs but it’s since gone very wrong, very quickly.
“It’s eight defeats in the last 10 games and three losses on the bounce.
“It’s impossible to overlook the impact of selling Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki. The whole team was built around their threat on the counter attack and between them they’d scored 22 league goals before they were sold on deadline day.
“Replacing them was impossible on a budget but their exits have come at a time when injuries have also taken a huge toll.
“Ten players were absent for Saturday’s defeat to Leeds. The longer this winless run has extended, the more that confidence has drained.”
So relegation is firmly on the agenda now?
“It certainly is. The lead over the relegation zone was 16 points back on New Year’s Day and now it’s only three.
“The game against Stoke is followed up by home games against Charlton and Middlesbrough before the international break.
“It’s make or break territory.”