Tommy Wright insists there is no way he is going to concede defeat in Corby Town’s battle to avoid relegation from the Vanarama National League North.
The Steelmen remain rooted to the foot of the table after they were held to a 0-0 draw by fellow strugglers Hednesford Town at Steel Park.
In the end, a draw did little to help either sides’ cause as Corby now find themselves seven points adrift of safety with seven games to play.
The next of those is as tough as they come as they go to leaders Solihull Moors tomorrow (Monday, 3pm).
But, after what he described as a “tight, close game” with the Pitmen, Wright is remaining upbeat.
“We have to take the positives,” he said.
“I am not going to stand here and say that’s us down. We have got seven more cup finals to go and 21 more points to play for.
“I thought it was a really tight, close game and either side could have nicked it.
“It was almost a nervous performance from both teams.
“The conditions made both sides’ long throws more dangerous than they might have been and both sets of defenders dealt really well with that.
“It’s not going to be easy tomorrow.
“When we played Solihull at home it was one of our best team performances so we will go there and we treat every team with the same amount of respect whether they are at the top or the bottom.
“We need wins on the board but if we have together performances like we had yesterday then we won’t be too far short.”
The Steelmen had the best chance of the game against Hednesford when they were awarded a penalty late in the first half.
However, Greg Mills sent his spot-kick wide of the target.
Wright, who started the game but had to be withdrawn due to a hamstring injury, added: “Millsy has been very reliable from penalties.
“I am not going to stand here and say we win the game if he scores that penalty. I am sure that’s what most people are saying.
“But Millsy is big enough to slot those away. Nine times out of 10 he does but this time he has missed one and he one cleared off the line just before it.”