Coach Tony Popovic wants to put Western Sydney Wanderers' recent woes in perspective.
"We are still in second place, so it's not too bad," he says.
The Wanderers have lost three of their past four A-League matches, and on Sunday fell to a 1-0 loss against Adelaide United.
But Popovic says the lean streak doesn't evidence a creep of inconsistency at his club, or any impact from contract speculation about the likes of Aaron Mooy.
"Regardless of which club you're at, with a salary cap you always have speculation on players," he said after the loss in Adelaide.
"I have no issues with the players. There is no problem to sort out. I have a great relationship with the players.
"If there is something on their mind, they will come and tell me and likewise I will with them. Our relationship is great, so there is nothing to sort out."
Popovic expects some relief from a lengthy injury list ahead of their Australia Day fixture against Perth Glory, who are in a mid-table clutter of clubs.
Brisbane head the league on 31 points, five clear of the Wanderers.
Central Coast remain third with 24 points, followed by Melbourne Victory (23 points), Adelaide United (20 points) and Perth (20 points).
Newcastle Jets and Sydney FC, both on 19 points, remain in finals contention along with Wellington Phoenix (17 points) in a remarkably even season.