On the face of it Lincoln City's start this season has been encouraging.
The fixture list made grim reading when it was announced with the first three matches looking pretty daunting.
Three fixtures against play-off contenders, two of them in their own backyards, was not something to relish.
It has proved to be a tough fight and thanks to an opening day win the Imps have managed three points.
Sadly on their travels they have been caught out and while no points have been gained those who have watched have seen progress.
But it is those small margins where the Imps are getting caught out.
And while some can excuse the mistakes because the Imps are competing in games, for John Nutter it cannot carry on.
"We need to show that little bit of resilience in the first 15 minutes and not allow teams to have that impetus," he said following the Imps' 2-1 defeat at Newport County last Saturday.
"I think it is a very young back four and keeper, apart from myself, and I have to take a bit more ownership to make sure they are switched on to what should be done.
"As a group I'm the senior one in there and I need to take a bit more responsibility.
"You cannot afford anyone that space. It is down to me to take ownership of that back four and not allow the boys to get pulled out of their slots and allow that space to open up.
"We did a little bit better in the second half.
"These teething problems will disappear quickly, because we cannot keep saying it.
"The only thing we can take out of it is that last season we would have lost the Newport game by three or four goals.
"But it has to be another step forward now, teething problems are fine, but they cannot be allowed to continue. Hopefully Newport will be the last time."
Saturday sees Macclesfield heading to The 12th Imp Sincil Bank Stadium.
In previous seasons life has not been rosy for City on their own turf. Heavy home defeats under previous boss Steve Tilson gave the ground a hoodoo.
However, under current boss David Holdsworth the team has fought hard for the home fans and a stronger, defiant atmopshere is building.
And it is a welcome change for Nutter, one of the few left in the squad who experienced the turmoil of last season.
"It is nice to play at home, it is frustrating we haven't got a point from the games we have played on the road.
"We are quite desperate to do well away from home because the travelling fans are fantastic and they give us a great reception which gives us a real lift, so we need to give them something to cheer about.
"But we go back to playing at home and I feel we've got a good record on our own turf so hopefully we can capitalise on that.
"I think there is more togetherness, there is a better attitude about not getting beat, and about fighting back and hopfully that will turn into results.
"Hopefully we can get that bit of luck to turn."