Dennis Greene says it is far too early for Boston United to give up on their promotion dream.
On Saturday a bizarre few seconds saw the Pilgrims concede three goals in four minutes to go down at home to AFC Fylde, their sixth defeat in 11 National League North contests.
But the manager is adamant his side can turn things around following the 3-0 reverse.
“Our season’s about trying to make the play-offs and that’s our focus,” he said.
“Until it’s mathematically impossible, we believe we can do it.
“There were 99 points to play for before we kicked a ball (against Fylde), now there’s 96.
“In the last two years we’ve got 72 points, and now we’ve got 13.
“If there’s 96 points left to play then we’ve still got points we can drop to achieve what we have done.
“It’s not the end of the world just yet, but we make it harder and harder each time we drop some points.”
Saturday’s defeat was particularly crushing for United given that - apart from those minutes of madness - they always looked comfortably in the game.
But with 59 minutes on the clock Danny Lloyd was afforded time and space to drill home a low 20-yarder.
And two further goals followed in unbelievably quick succession.
Richie Baker converted from the penalty spot in the 61st minute following Aaron Greene’s trip on Lloyd and Matt Hughes stunned the home crowd as he converted Dion Charles’ low cross from close range.
Prior to that, the Coasters’ only real goal threat was a near post strike from Charles which saw Jason Alexander pull off a fine one-handed block.
Fylde had keeper Ben Hinchcliffe to thank as he pulled off saves to deny Greene, Carl Piergianni and Jay Rollins, while Dayle Southwell also put over the bar when well placed.