KENNY Jackett says the topsy-turvy nature of the Championship this season means it is still possible for Millwall to make a late push for the play-offs.
The Lions' mid-season collapse has severely hampered hopes of a top-six finish after a strong start to the campaign but Jackett insists a surge back up the table is not out of the question.
Victory at Middlesbrough on Saturday left Millwall eight points adrift of the play-offs and nine points above the relegation zone with 13 league games remaining.
And with a congested schedule looming in the final three months of the season, Jackett admits the Lions' season could go either way. He said: "I've been looking down the table more than up it lately.
"But it's not too late to rule out the play-offs – we would need to go on the type of run we went on earlier in the season, going 13 games unbeaten.
"There are a lot of games coming up – four in March, eight in April and one in May. We need to keep our players fit and our best side available because we haven't got the biggest squad.
"We go into March looking to gather everyone around us and we will try to have a run at it. To get near the top, we would need another run. It's very tight – I know everyone says it, but is is true.
"Some of the bottom teams have shown some great form while others higher up have been falling away, so it's very congested in the middle of the table. That's the nature of the division."