Brian Dick believes Coventry have entered the pivotal period of their season...
Coventry's season has reached its most crucial point. Out of the cup and with their league campaign poised on a knife-edge, they are equidistant from the abyss and absolution.
That's why their head coach, Mike Umaga, believes the next four matches are vital to deciding whether next spring will be spent struggling towards the southerly end of National One or basking in the warmer climes higher up.
It's probably not idea, then, that his side must face three full- time outfits before Christmas. Cornish Pirates, nee Penzance & Newlyn, Exeter and Bedford, make up a triptych that would shake the belief of the most faithful soul.
But they are the clubs, with Earth Titans, another bastardised moniker that now passes for Rotherham, against whom Coventry must decide their fate.
The process starts on Sunday with a trip to Cornwall to face the division's secondranked side. It might not be easy against a team that has spent more heavily than any other trying hopelessly to get to the Premiership but, by the same token, it's a lot less daunting than a fortnight ago when they had won all eight of their league matches.
Since then they have been beaten by their local-ish rivals Plymouth and demolished 50-6 by promotion certainties Harlequins. Perhaps that traditional soft underbelly is evident once again.
Umaga is certainly not put off by the money and the fanfare. "I would not have picked them to have lost the way they did against Harlequins and the derby against Plymouth but I do think they are there for the taking," he said.
"Considering they were the second-placed team in the league before the match with Harlequins shows just how far ahead of them Harlequins are."
He is aware that could be a mixed blessing, however. "That would have been a reality check for them, so they will be desperate to put the record straight against us.
"We have got to make sure we come with our A game, as opposed to the one we produced last week."
Ah last week, someone had to mention it. Coventry waltz off to London Welsh on the back of a four-game winning streak, looking to enjoy themselves away from the pressure of league rugby.
The result? A hugely disappointing 39-30 loss that ended their interest in the Powergen Trophy, such as it was.
Umaga succinctly summarised the situation: "The one positive we can take from that game is that we didn't lose four league points."
But did they lose momentum? He believes not: "I don't think it has done too much damage," he said. "In certain parts of the match we played some outstanding rugby - it's all there, it's just a question of getting the consistency.
"The confidence was good throughout the match, even though we went down by 21 points. There was always a belief that we still could have snatched it.
"We have got to put it behind us - cup rugby is a one-off situation. We have been quick to put it to the back of our minds and focus on the Pirates."
Whether the same personnel get the chance to erase their memories of that day is unlikely, particularly in the case of No 8 Ross Beattie, who has been called back by Northampton ahead of their Anglo-Welsh Cup match with Leicester.
That causes something of a situation at the back of the scrum, given that skipper Hendry Rheeders is still out with a broken hand and Dan Farani remains on duty with Samoa.
Rheeders has been given the all-clear to begin training again, but Sunday will arrive too quickly which means his compatriot, Henno Venter, will fill in and create an opportunity for Mike Buckingham or Tom Johnson.
Other fitness concerns centre on fly-half Jon Higgins, centre Nik Witkowski and wing James Moore although, with most of his squad back to health, Umaga should not have too many problems filling the holes.
But they do mean that someone will have to step up to the mark: "This team has not played to its potential but it is a matter of bringing all of that out over the stretch of these four games," he said.