Bournemouth are winless in the league so far this year. After a very prolific December, when Andoni Iraola was unlucky not to earn the manager-of-the-month award, it is natural Cherries fans are feeling a little bit reflective - perhaps pondering whether our incredible festive run was just a blip.
There is context to the 'bad run', if you can call it that. Throughout January at least, we had numerous key players injured, two important team members were playing at the Africa Cup of Nations, we had a key a suspension, plus throughout most of the month a cloud of uncertainty was hovering over the future of some vital squad members.
February's start though has been underwhelming, with two draws and a disappointing loss. The most recent match against Fulham produced echoes of performances earlier in the season, where individual errors seemed to prompt a confidence crisis.
This time though our saving grace is that we have muscle memory of knowing how to create chances. We had 25 shots at Craven Cottage, more than three times that of the hosts. The worrying part is that the total shots on target was somewhat meagre (six).
Despite the loan departures of Kieffer Moore and David Brooks, the strengthening that we have done in other areas, with Turkish striker Enes Unal joining from Getafe and Romain Faivre returning from sister club Lorient, will hopefully provide some much needed "oven-ready" quality to the side.
Sam Davis can be found at Back of the Net