Despite his side's recent record and the fact their latest performance was one of the most disappointing of the season, Worcester director of rugby John Brain has insisted that no-one at Sixways is panicking.
Worcester have won just one of their last seven Premiership games and the manner of last Friday's defeat at Leeds was sufficiently disturbing for Brain to claim his men didn't even deserve the loss bonus they managed to salvage.
But Brain yesterday expressed his confidence that his team, who take on league champions Wasps in eight days' time in a match they must win to sustain a challenge for a top-half finish, remain capable of beating any of their top-flight rivals.
Since winning by a point at Franklin's Gardens last November, Worcester have lost to Bath, Newcastle, Northampton, Sale, Leicester and Leeds and gone from topsix certainties - an amazing feat in just their second season in the Premiership - to only three points ahead of tenth.
Brain remains unperturbed. "There is nothing like panic setting in here," he said. "You cannot draw any hard and fast conclusions over that run.
"Those seven games have come across a period of two months during which we picked up three wins in a row, two in Europe and at Bristol."
But he did admit the defeat at home to Sale just over a fortnight ago had robbed them of any momentum after victories in the Challenge Cup and at Memo-rial Stadium.
"The Sale loss was a big blow for us," he continued. "We had to back up that Bristol performance because we knew we had to go to Leicester, who have not lost at home in the league for two years. Once we had lost to Sale, going to Leicester became even more difficult."
A narrow reverse at Welford Road, combined with last week's 21-15 result at Headingley, means Worcester are currently demonstrating form more befitting a side fearful of relegation.
"On form we are in the bottom three. We recognise that, but it is where we come at the end of the season that matters," noted Brain.
"We have to focus on the next game. We are capable of winning against any team in this league.
"Our results this season have been relatively narrow. If we have won it has been by a few points and if we've lost, particularly away, it has been by a few points. The margins you are working with in this division are so small."
But he could not disguise his displeasure at his team's display against Leeds.
"I don't think we deserved anything out of the game. We did not play well enough to win or even get a point," he said.
That match marked Thinus Delport's comeback from injury and Brain revealed that the former South African international had attracted interest from 'one or two' clubs as the 31-year-old nears the end of his contract.
Delport joined Worcester from Gloucester in the summer of 2004 and signed a two-year deal which expires at the end of the current season and although Brain has met with the player's agent, nothing has been agreed.
"There are one or two clubs interested in him," he said. "I had a preparatory discussion with his agent before he got himself injured."
Brain did not reveal the identity of Delport's potential suitors but London Irish are thought to be in the running and he refused to comment about the likelihood of the full-back or wing extending his stay beyond 2006.