Kenny Jackett will now know that his days as Portsmouth manager are numbered unless he can turn things around dramatically in the coming weeks.
A 1-0 loss to AFC Wimbledon on Saturday left them floating just one point above the relegation zone, despite being made pre-season candidates to challenge for promotion.
For the first time, audible chants for Jackett to leave were heard from the travelling faction of the crowd, with tonight’s clash with Lincoln City at Fratton Park now looking crucial to his job prospects.
But how will he set-up his side?
Here is what we think he is likely to go with…
Is Portsmouth's clash with Lincoln a must win for Jackett?
As he has done throughout the season, we expect Jackett to largely keep things the same, sticking with his trusty 4-2-3-1 formation, although it appears to have let him down significantly this season.
MacGillivray will of course keep his place in goal and the back four of Brown, Raggett, Burgess and Bolton will also remain untouched.
The holding midfield duo of Naylor and Close have been far from perfect but also far from the main protaganists in Pompey’s dismal campaign so far.
Expect changes in the creative roles, however, with Curtis likely to come in in place of the innefective Williams and fan-favourite Cannon to come in for Evans.
There has been a desperate lack of energy from these areas recently and this would go some way to rectifying it.
It will also surely give them the best hope of getting the best out of a badly struggling Marquis who will be desperate to put in a solid showing in front of goal.