Hibernian manager Colin Calderwood has challenged his players to rediscover their inner belief as he warned they could not afford to dwell on their latest setback.
Hibs' season went from bad to worse on Tuesday when a solitary goal from Ayr striker Mark Roberts sent them crashing out of the Scottish Cup at Somerset Park.
This time last year the Edinburgh side were on a run of form which raised hopes they could provide one of the strongest challenges to the Old Firm in recent years.
But they have since embarked on an almost inexplicable slump that shows little sign of abating.
"There is no room for self-pity," Calderwood said. "We can't afford to have that.
"A lack of confidence can't be used as an excuse. We've got to make sure that's not in their thought process and not allow them to have a wire to cling onto. Confidence can ebb and flow in a game and we've got to find something, a belief will come before confidence."