GIANTS coach Jon Sharp believes confidence, or to be more accurate lack of it, has a lot to do with his side's recent Super League slump.
While five defeats on the trot look grim, the Galpharm chief insists it's not all bad news.
"Results are the bottom line in this business, of course they are," says the former St Helens second in command.
"But as a coach, you have to look at other things as well, one of which is performance.
"A win can wallpaper over problems which exist within a side, and there can be positives in a defeat which you can take into future matches and use to help bring victories.
"Castleford last Sunday was a poor display, but in the two previous games against St Helens and Leeds, there were phases in which we played some pretty good football.
"The problem we have had is in sustaining it over a whole game, and I believe part of the problem is confidence.
"Confidence comes from a number of things - playing well, winning, how you feel in yourself and how you feel strength and fitness wise.
"All those factors tend to feed off each other, and while a lot of the players are feeling the strain of a long, hard season - our run to the semi-finals of the Challenge Cup mean we have played more matches than some clubs - I think one really good result would give us a big lift.
"It's like the footballer who goes through a dry run when he can't stick the ball in the net.
"He knows he's not a bad player, he knows he has the ability, but he's down on his confidence.
"Everything seems a bit bleak, then suddenly things click into place, he gets that elusive goal and he's off again.
"I've had various phases like this during my coaching career, and as a player at Hull, we suffered eight straight defeats before going on to become a pretty successful side under Brian Smith.
"I know supporters are disappointed at recent results, that's human nature, and I know we've raised the bar in terms of expectation because of our great start to the season.
"But we're on course for our best-ever Super League campaign statistics-wise and we're still in with a shout of making the play-offs, so there's plenty to get excited about."