Forfar Athletic fans’ worst case scenario looks all set to be played out - a 90 minute nail biting last day derby decider against Angus rivals Brechin City.
There are still permutations and scenarios that can be played out among the bottom three in League One, but Forfar’s fate likely won’t be fully fixed until Darren Dods brings his side to Station Park on the last day of the season.
However, judging by one of the worst performances of the campaign - and there have been several to compete with - Forfar must be favourites to at best finish in the second bottom play off spot, if not fall to automatic relegation itself.
Forfar were awful: they failed to test the Airdrie keeper once in the entire match and if they are to pull off a great escape, they simply must win their last two remaining matches, starting on Saturday away to Albion Rovers.
Manager Gary Bollan issued an apology to supporters as he struggled to comprehend just how badly his side had let themselves down.
With just two games left, Forfar are adrift at the bottom, two points behind Brechin and three points off the third bottom safety spot, currently occupied by Stenhousemuir.
Bollan did not mince his words after the 2-0 home defeat to Airdrie and admitted that his side had put themselves in an extremely difficult position.
“I am embarrassed after a performance like that,” he said.
“We have told the players that and to be fair, they are embarrassed as well. We can only apologise to the fans who come along week in week out and support us because that was as poor a performance there has been since I came here.
“Things have got to be better. We have put ourselves in a position where there is now pressure on us. Next week has got to be better.
“After some of the performances we have had in recent weeks, trying to pinpoint just what went wrong is hard.
“I just think the manner in which we lost is embarrassing. Our play wasn’t great. Myself and the back room team were appalled by it.”
Forfar failed to land a single shot on target in the entire 90 minutes and Bollan agreed that was a real concern for his side.
“We don’t want to make excuses but we were without three players who have been regulars for us. But three players do not make a team. I can assure you I am not making any excuses in that area but as everyone could see, we did miss them.
“It is up to others to step up to the plate and see if they can grab a position. But it has left me with big decisions for next week regarding who comes in because obviously after today, there will be changes next week.
“There are two games to go now and we have left ourselves in a position that they are two must win games for us.
“We have got to be much better than we were today and much more committed also. That’s all over the pitch, because I think we lacked that today.”
The visitors took the lead with their first real attack after nine minutes. A ball was floated into the box and Alan Lithgow got enough power in his downward header from six yards to beat the dive of keeper Darren Hill.
Two minutes before half time, Forfar conceded the sloppiest of goals. Bryan Hodge gave the ball away in the half way line and as Airdrie broke forward Michael Dunlop and Darren Hill were caught in no man’s land, leaving Jim Lister the easiest of lobs over the stranded Forfar keeper.
Forfar looked devoid of fight or flair and failed to test the Airdrie keeper throughout. The closest they came was late on through sub Matthew Aitken who was not far away from a debut goal with a header just over.