Leeds United lost at the weekend to Sheffield United but the one consolation is that they sit in fifth place in the Championship table.
This is owing to a storming start to the season which even saw them hit top spot, but to pretend everything is fine because of this would be neglecting their shortcomings.
Leeds have lost five of their last seven games- near enough relegation form instead of promotion.
This has the Whites with the 19th best record since mid-September, not exactly where they aspire to be.
Sheffield Wednesday are another promotion hopeful team in a dire predicament.
Sheffield Wednesday won just five of the last seven matches - this came against Leeds, and have the 23rd best record in the Championship over the last few weeks.
The Owls have reached the play-offs in the last two seasons and may have missed their opportunity.
The team who knocked them out of the play-offs last year, Reading, are in an equally woeful situation in Jaap Stam's second season in charge.
Their dire run has left Carlos Carvalhal's side in 16th place, overshadowed by in form rivals Sheffield United.