Whitey Anderson is hoping Ballinamallard United can emerge from their “darkest day” and get back on Premiership course on Saturday afternoon.
Last Saturday’s 11-0 hammering at the hands of Portadown left the Mallards boss shell-shocked.
It was an embarrassing capitulation from the Ferney Park as the Ports recorded the biggest Irish League victory in 47 years.
It was an uncharacteristic slump from a side who impressed on their way to finishing fifth last season – in what was their first year in the Irish League top-flight.
Next on the agenda is a trip to the Showgrounds to face Coleraine.
It is another acid test for the Fermanagh men as they look to stall their sudden spiral down the table.
“I was left utterly shell-shocked last week. There is no other way to describe it,” Anderson said.
“We lost 7-0 to Bangor when I took over a few years ago and that was a dark day – but last week was the darkest.
“But we have to move on. Last Saturday should act as a learning curve for the players. They have to learn from this.
“If you don’t work hard and aren’t on your game, this league can turn around and bite you.
“Yes, we were missing key players – David Kee, Mark McConkey and James McKenna – but that’s no excuse. We’ve got to learn from Saturday.”