IAN Holloway remains "totally and utterly" convinced that Millwall will avoid relegation from the Championship despite a disastrous weekend of results.
A 1-0 defeat to Barnsley, coupled with wins for Charlton and Yeovil, have left the Lions just a point above the drop zone – and sides below them have games in hand.
And while Holloway admits the situation is now "pretty scary", he is not about the hit the panic button with a third of the season still to play.
Asked whether he still believes his side will stay up, the Millwall boss said: "After that? Yeah, totally and utterly I do.
"We lost three points on Saturday – even a draw would have done us – but we'll be fighting right until the end whatever happens.
"It might go to the wire, in fact it probably will because the Championship is so tight and so close. It's pretty scary but we've got 14 games left.
"Things have got a lot harder but they were going to be hard anyway.
"After four minutes, one long ball from their centre half goes over our heads and they score – we couldn't make it any harder for ourselves.
"Things would have been a damn sight easier if we'd kept them further away from us in the league, but not now and the league's not good reading.
"I don't blame people, we worked hard and we'll get back up. Let's make sure this group is strong enough. I'm not upset with the players, I'm upset with the result.
"Some of the stats will tell me that certain things we did were okay, but you need to put the ball in their net and stop it going in yours.
"At the moment, we have had a season where those things have gone the opposite way. It's down to the strength of our character to pull things around."
Having taken just two points from three games against teams around them in the league, Millwall will now need to pick up wins when they are not expected.
And the Lions will also be hoping that Charlton in particular fail to make the most of their three outstanding fixtures.
"I don't care who we get wins against," Holloway added. "Who is anybody to predict who will win on a regular basis in this division?
"We have got to be ready for each and every scenario. I do not care about Charlton's result either – none of that matters. It's about us.
"I felt for the fans because you focus on certain fixtures knowing that everything can change with a win. I thought we'd come a long way but sometimes you get knocked back.
"Hopefully we will learn from this and go into the next game with a bit of zest and stop this horrible feeling."