It is very much unfamiliar territory for supporters of the Warrington Wolves at the moment- and supporters are right to be concerned.
This time last year, the Wolves started the season with an impressive 12-10 away victory over the Leeds Rhinos, followed by another convincing 38-8 home dismantling over now-Championship side Hull Kingston Rovers.
This start paved the way for Tony Smith’s side to notch seven league wins in a row and fly high at the Super League summit.
And yet 12 months on, it’s a very different picture; indeed, it is a Chris Sandow-less picture.
The Wolves are rock bottom of the league following demoralising defeats to the Catalans Dragons in Perpignan and on home soil against the Castleford Tigers.
The two opponents in question were sides who the Wolves defeated home and away during the regular season, before claiming a third win against both in their Super Eights campaign.
The departure of Sandow, the Wolves’ main half back from the previous season, has inevitably left a huge mark in the side which needs to be plugged.
The 28-year old Australian left the club in acrimonious circumstances, leaving a bitter taste in many fans mouths; he was the go-to guy for a creative spark or a touch of magic when his side needed him most.
Although his replacement, Kevin Brown, is renowned for being a creative influence, his showing against Castleford suggested that he has a tendency to drift in and out of games, something which needs to be rectified as soon as possible.
However, is their early season showing a blip? Their stark contrast in form from 12 months ago could simply be down to the Wolves suffering from a slow start to the season; nevertheless, it is more likely that the opening two defeats are down to underlying issues within the side itself.
After the recent Tigers game, Warrington coach Tony Smith praised his sides character, but said it was “not pleasing” to concede 30 points in a game.
Deep down, Smith will be seething at his sides ineptitude at stopping their opponents mazing runs across the field, compounded by their inability to successfully bring their opposition runners to ground.
Smith’s sides notoriously have a defensive solidity about them, which is what has brought the Aussie coach eight pieces of major Silverware at club level during his career.
This strong defensive showing was most definitely evident during large swathes of last season, yet the primrose-and-blue side which has started this season appears to be deprived of confidence when protecting their own line.
Of course, one factor for their poor start could be the introduction of several new faces and an outgoing of a vast amount of their squad in the off season; in total, nine players departed the club, with five new boys, plus a host of youth team talent being brought in to bolster the side.
However, this simply cannot be the case; many of their new faces, including Matty Blythe, Mike Cooper, and Kevin Brown, are seasoned professionals who know what it takes to win at Super League level.
In fact, many of these players joined the club with a winning mentality and a will to fight for points, yet the current crop of Wolves ‘stars’ appear to be suffering from a lack of self-belief.
The Wolves spectacular victory over the Brisbane Broncos in between round one and two highlighted the talent Warrington’s squad has at its disposal, and the ability to produce the attractive rugby which their fans crave.
Despite this, The Wire will need to reproduce that form on a consistent basis to climb their way up the ladder.
Many fans of the game believe that the Wolves have a great chance of claiming silverware this year, but issues within the squad must be addressed before the Wolves can have any hopes of challenging in the upper reaches of the league.