It all came crashing down for Stellenbosch on Wednesday as their unbeaten start to the PSL season came to an end.
And yes. It was a total crash-and-burn, horror show for coach Steve Barker’s manne.
That 3-0 dismantling from Orlando Pirates was a proper oor-die-skoot type of pak.
Mistakes from defender Alan Robertson were punished ruthlessly by Deon Hotto and Collins Makgaka for the first two goals inside the opening 22 minutes, before the duo combined again to seal the deal just after half time.
It could have been worse for Stellies when Bucs had the ball in the net late on in the match.
Luckily that was ruled out, even though the decision to chalked off the goal for offside was wrong.
But it’s not all doom and gloom for Barker and his manne.
Just last week, we spoke about the hectic Christmas period coming up for the clubs and eight games crammed into the time between now and then.
Well Stellies have already played two of those and go to Royal AM on Sunday, so they have to shake it off.
Obviously this is easier said than done. But it is what it is.
After three games without a win now, Stellies are still second of the PSL log.
And Barker will do well to remind his players that they still have lots going for them.
For starters, the Pirates pak may have been brutal, but if the players are honest, they will accept that these were down to individual mistakes.
Goalkeeper Sage Stephens should never be beaten at his near post from such a tight angle as he was for Makgaka’s opener.
Alan Robertson will never want to see himself being caught in possession on the edge of the box and robbed by Deon Hotto.
Boom. 2-0 down just like that and it was game over.
Saturday’s capitulation after leading 2-0 to draw 2-2 with AmaZulu might give Barker more to worry about.
But maybe it’s time to freshen the team up now.
The coach has a fully fit squad to pick from now with veterans Robyn Johannes and Granwald Scott both ready for action.
Their experience will prove invaluable at this time with the games coming thick and fast, not to mention giving them a lift.
Of course they shouldn’t feel discouraged - they have just gone 11 games without defeat after narrowly escaping relegation at the end of last season.
And if they really need a boost of confidence, they just have to look up the table at the only team above them - champions Mamelodi Sundowns.
Ahead of their 2-2 draw with SuperSport United, the Brazilians had not conceded a goal in the entire league campaign.
And coach Manqoba Mngqithi said that his team was possessed by the fact that they had yet to concede and were becoming anxious about keeping those clean sheets.
He reckoned that the pressure to keep up their record was stopping them from playing with freedom.
Barker had a similar thought after his side’s draw with AmaZulu at the weekend, believing that the team were going into their shell once they were in the lead.
With the pressure of that unbeaten run - and that big target - off their backs now, Stellies may just have the freedom to play to win again.