One week before Ben Kennedy's dual penalty heroics led the Central Coast Mariners to only their second win of the season, there were calls for him to be ditched entirely.
To be fair, the seasoned gloveman had shipped eight goals against Wellington Phoenix in a debacle for his entire squad.
But Kennedy has never been a player short of confidence, a trait that has ensured despite tough periods throughout his career, more often than not, he's been an A-League number one.
Now, after the Mariners drought-breaking 3-2 win over Newcastle Jets and his humiliation of Roy O'Donovan, he's basking in a glow rarely experienced by either the goalkeeper or his Gosford side.
“Played a few in my career, obviously for both Central Coast and Newcastle but for me that one was right up there,” he told a-league.com.au.
“Just to get the three points and from the performance the week before and the position we're in this year. That one was a very important one for us.
“Obviously Roy is quite a good penalty taker. I did some homework with Nashy and we were confident if we had to face a penalty we could save it so just lucky he went that way.
“I felt that’s probably the way he likes to go so I just went that way and luckily he hit it that way again.”
Kennedy's performance is the perfect beginning to what the Central Coast will be hoping is a new era under former Matildas boss Alen Stajcic. The signs so far are positive, especially when you take into account Mike Mulvey's debut match against the Jets was an 8-2 defeat.
Kennedy maintains that the win was born more out of a refreshed approach than any radical tactical transformation.
There were signs that Mulvey, despite his previous A-League pedigree, had lost the dressing room at the Mariners and that a side, while far from the league's best, was criminally underperfoming nonetheless.
“There hasn’t been a big difference, (Stajcic) has only been with us for less than a week so obviously it’s hard to change things in that time,” Kennedy explained.
“I think just the fresh air and fresh ideas and a different voice and the boys put in a good shift on the weekend but it’s something we’re going to work on in the next few weeks and hopefully take into the rest of the season.
“Obviously we haven't been great as a whole defensively so that’s probably the one thing we’re going to focus on and if we are hard to break down we can always score a few goals and if that happens I think we’ll win a few more games."