Steve Watson was arguably the most frustrated supporter at The Hawthorns on Sunday, as West Bromwich Albion's prospects of avoiding relegation took a turn for the worse.
A 2-0 home defeat against Middlesbrough left Bryan Robson's team just three points above the water mark and compounded Watson's ire.
He has been sidelined for over a month with a niggling pelvic complaint and has been unable to partake in any of Albion's last four fixtures.
A similar injury sustained whilst at Everton kept him sidelined for ten weeks, so the portents weren't good when Watson's prognosis was diagnosed.
However, his recovery programme is at an advanced stage and he is in contention for a role against runaway Premiership leaders Chelsea when they visit the Hawthorns on Saturday.
Chelsea are odds-on favourites to win and Watson is adamant the lack of expectation could work in their favour.
"Chelsea are so good that if we are going to face them, then we have to go gung-ho in our approach. We have nothing to lose. We will be massive underdogs, so we can just go and have a right go at them and see what happens.
"I am sure that if the fans have to see us get beaten, they would like to see us go down fighting and with a lot of attempts on goal. That is something we didn't do against Middlesbrough.
"It is awkward for me as I have been resting and there isn't much I can do, apart from watch the game.
"Obviously, Sunday was a big disappointment. We have let ourselves down a few times this season against the teams in and around us and then we have produced results against the better teams at home."
Although Watson is still a major doubt for the weekend, he is prepared to rally to the cause, even if he isn't at his peak.
The dismissal of Nigel Quashie and subsequent four-match suspension has left Albion light in the engine-room and Watson is more than capable of plugging the gap with his combative style.
Quashie was remorseful in the dressing room after kicking out at George Boateng on Sunday and apologised to his team-mates for his actions.
Watson concedes that the Baggies will miss his considerable presence in midfield but reasoned that the time for excuses is in the past. He said: "Although I haven't played a game with Nigel yet, he has been brilliant in training and is a really nice guy.
"He doesn't need me to tell him what he did was wrong, he knows that himself. It was frustration, no doubt. He hasn't done us any favours, but he knows that and he will be missed.
"Nigel is an experienced midfielder, but we have got to get on with it. We can't keep making excuses about injuries and suspensions.
"In many ways, perhaps the best thing that could happen to us is playing against the champions on Saturday, as people won't be expecting us to win.
"We have already beaten Arsenal, Everton, Blackburn and Tottenham at home this season, so why not?
"Maybe this weekend's a little bit soon but, if called upon, I will play and give it my best shot. At this stage of the season, it is all hands to the pump.
"It could have been far easier for us and we have created the situation with the results we have had but we have just got to get on with it now."