Paul Lambert insists Ipswich Town can still avoid relegation from the Championship, despite a devastating 3-2 home defeat to fellow strugglers Millwall leaving them 10 points adrift of safety.
Ipswich got off to the perfect start when teenager Jack Lankester put them ahead inside two minutes, but Millwall equalised on the hour mark through a Shane Ferguson penalty after Luke Chambers brought down Tom Elliott.
Jake Cooper then gave Millwall the lead, before Elliott capitalised on a defensive mix-up to make it 3-1.
Kayden Jackson did pull one back for Ipswich late on, but they couldn't find an equaliser.
The defeat, coupled with Rotherham's 2-1 victory over Preston, means Town remain rock bottom of The Championship and are in real danger of playing third tier football next season for the first time since 1957.
Despite the crushing loss, Lambert was in buoyant mood after the final whistle, and is still confident that his team can pull off the greatest of great escapes.
"We keep going, as long as there's a heartbeat you keep going," he told ITV News Anglia.
"There's an awful long way to go. We have to to get players in to help us as well, a wee bit of experience. But I can't fault the lads for the way they try and play."
Ipswich are expecting a busy month in the transfer market as they look to strengthen their squad for the second half of the campaign, and a deal to sign Leicester City left-back Callum Elder on loan for the rest of the season has now been completed.
The Australian, who also had a loan spell at Peterborough United earlier in his career, has yet to make his first team debut for the Foxes.
“I’m delighted we have been able to get Callum in early. He gives us more competition on the left side,” Lambert said.
“He is a very good player. He’s been training with top players at Leicester and he has handled that well. He’s got a really good left foot and he wanted to be here and that’s vital for me. I need players who want to come here and play for this club.”
Meanwhile, Norwich remain in an automatic promotion spot following a hard-fought 1-1 draw at Brentford.
Defender Timm Klose headed home a late equaliser for the Canaries who were missing several players due to injury.
Before the game, Norwich announced that winger Matt Jarvis has joined League One side Walsall on loan for the remainder of the season.