LES Gilbert may have been brutally honest in his assessment of what has been an 'awful' season for Falmouth Town, but the joint manager has seen enough to suggest things are improving at Bickland Park.
The 55-year-old, who became a grandad for the first time on Saturday, admits the club are still a long way off becoming a force in Premier Division football again.
But while results have been poor this season, Gilbert insists there have been signs of encouragement since he and Robbie Stephens succeeded Alan Carey as joint managers in October.
Scoring goals has been Falmouth's biggest problem, Gilbert admits, and that is something he is keen to address.
He said: "There are not massive amounts wrong with us, it's just we can't seem to score goals.
"Our defence is solid, we have a good midfield, and we have a top keeper in Jason Chapman. The strikers we have are very good players, they're just not prolific scorers, and that's what we need.
"It has been an awful season for the club, and I have beat myself up a bit about it. But you can only do so much.
"We've just got to keep going, finish as strongly as we can and have a look at things in the summer."
Falmouth completed a league double over relegation haunted Penzance on Good Friday with a 3-0 win at Penlee Park (see page 97). Gilbert had even more reason to celebrate the following day when his daughter Chloe gave birth to a baby boy, Joshua, weighing 8lbs 4oz.
He said: "I've been old enough to be a grandad for a long time, but it was really nice to finally become one on Saturday!"
Falmouth are at home to Ivybridge Town on Saturday, where they will be without goalkeeper Jason Chapman.
Youngster Ethan Fearne, who impressed in the 1-0 defeat at Plymouth Parkway will come in to for Chapman.