Walsall's decimated midfield presents a bleak picture for Kevan Broadhurst as he surveys the landscape ahead of Saturday's clash with Bradford City.
Broadhurst experienced the first defeat of his four-game tenure on Tuesday as a poor performance saw them dumped into the relegation zone by Yeovil.
There is still a log-jam at the foot of the table, so the defeat isn't irreparable. However, any repetition against Bradford could have severe ramifications for the Saddlers.
The manager's honeymoon ended at 9.35pm on Tuesday, as supporters vented their frustration at a substandard performance.
Nevertheless, Broadhurst can still be satisfied with a harvest of five points from his first four fixtures, as they included three testing road trips.
Bradford are still within Walsall's radar and a victory would have a concertina effect on the relegation zone once again.
Broadhurst had sent a caveat to supporters that expectations should be sensible despite their recent upturn in fortunes and his prophecy came home to roost.
He will be hoping for a response from his players to ensure the feel-good factor he created doesn't dissipate; but he will have to perform a juggling act if he is to reinforce his engine room.
Pablo Mills, Simon Osborn and Ishmel Demontagnac are all suspended whilst Grant Smith (groin) and Mark Wright (hip) can be classed as extremely doubtful
Dean Keates has missed their last two fixtures with a hamstring injury and Broadhurst will be reluctant to press him into action and risk long-term damage.
Michael Leary could be his only recognised central midfielder and Broadhurst will have to solve the puzzle. Despite his lengthy injury list, he offered no excuses for the performance against Yeovil.
"From watching games like that, I get to know which players I can rely on and those that I can't," revealed Broadhurst.
"There's no doubt certain players didn't perform anywhere near their best. We were well short in the centre of midfield. Ishmel's red card was silly, but it just showed the immaturity in the squad,.
"Even at 2-0 down, I felt if we got a lucky goal somewhere we could put them under pressure. "To get Osborn and Mills back will be part of the solution. To lose both of them and Keates at the same time is a big blow."