You have to admire Ronald Koeman’s confidence in Plan A at Southampton.
It certainly served him well at the start of the season, with the Saints making light of a destabilising summer to surge towards the top of the Premier League standings.
Maintaining those levels was always going to be difficult, especially when taking into account a testing run of winter fixtures for the Saints.
They have started to wobble, with their last five games delivering one point and four straight defeats.
Koeman could have been forgiven for tweaking his approach, with the decision taken to mix things up entering the festive period.
The Dutchman is, however, refusing to waver in his belief that the tide will turn and that sticking to his guns is the best approach when attempting to break out of an unfortunate slump.
He told the Daily Echo: “If you don’t win or you need a little bit more confidence then you have more meetings with the players and there is more communication with them.
“We spoke about it and we didn’t change anything.
“We believe in the way we play and how we train and how we are doing things.
“We weren’t celebrating parties after winning five times and we don’t go back or down after some defeats because still we believe in our qualities.”
Southampton have slipped from second to fifth in the top-flight table and things are not about to get any easier.
A Capital One Cup quarter-final clash with Sheffield United on Tuesday will offer an opportunity to repair some of the damage done over recent weeks, but they are then due to face Everton, Chelsea and Arsenal in three of their next four in the league.
Trips to Manchester United and Newcastle United also lie in store in January, making it imperative that the Saints finish 2014 strongly and head into the New Year with confidence building again.