IAN Holloway will not abandon his positive outlook after four defeats in five games and insists Millwall's players and fans need to remain calm in the face of adversity.
The Lions boss won't panic following Tuesday's 3-1 loss to Birmingham and says he cannot understand talk of a crisis at the club.
Holloway believes the peaks and troughs of the season so far are symptomatic of the fact that Millwall remain a work in progress under his leadership.
And he says the future looks bright at The Den depsite a recent dip in form.
"I wasn't getting carried away at the start of the season and I won't be getting carried away now," Holloway said ahead of Saturday's trip to Derby.
"The standard is so high because most of the best English players outside of the national team have dropped down to the Championship. It's strewn with quality players.
"It's very difficult for all of us but I'm not going to get caught in the malaise of it all. That would be madness. We're a work in progress.
"My future is here and I'm really looking forward to working through this blip and keeping the encouragement going.
"There were enough positives in that second half against Birmingham.
"But my point is that we've got to stay calm. I just can't understand the 'crisis' talk – it's all a bit silly. If there were three games left this season, then it'd be a crisis.
"The way we are playing and intergrating some of the younger ones bodes well for the future. I've got to get the balance right between the kids and the senior ones.
"There's a long-term plan and a short-term plan and the short-term plan isn't looking great because we've lost four of our last five.
"But I would argue we played a lot better than our results would suggest.
"I've got to stay calm and stay patient because I know what I'm trying to do. When you start the season so well, like we did, everybody's expectations go up.
"With the injuries we've picked up, it's tough.
"It's a very, very tough league. If you look at the top of it, there are strikers worth £5m and £11m. Lewis Grabban, who we used to have, cost £3m.
"Everybody has got their own issues and we are where we are.
"We want to see our team being physically and mentally strong because of the club we are so we have to iron out these frailties.
"That will be down to my coaching and talking – the manager leading by example and the players stepping to the plate.
"It is a marathon not a sprint and I beleive in getting the right things for Millwall.
"We'll keep moving forward. It takes time to build something but I think the squad is in a better place now than when I took over.
"We've got to prove that by the end of the season but nothing is decided yet.
"Do Norwich think they've won the league in October? Nobody has done anything after ten games. Let's get some reality and perspective.
"I don't understand, and I never will, why football is so black and white.
"Where is the middle ground? The reactions are crazy – you're either world beaters or crap and that's not the reality.
"The fact is we are working towards getting better and as long as my players are giving me everything I'll support them. Nobody has let me down and we're determined to do well.
"Maybe the emotion of our club is costing the lads a bit of focus.
"My suggestion to them is that we're not in heaven and we're not in hell if we score or the other team scores – just stay level-headed.
"I'm proud of their efforts and they've all worked really hard for each other. We're going to find a way to get this right and prove everybody wrong – that's what we're going to do."