Aston Villa manager Remi Garde believes his side can still avoid relegation despite a 2-0 loss to Tottenham on Sunday putting another nail in their coffin.
Harry Kane scored either side of the halftime break to hand Spurs all three points at Villa Park, and leave the hosts nine points from safety at the bottom of the Premier League standings.
"It's tough to take like any defeat," Garde said. "We conceded two goals in the worst period you can imagine. My assessment is that we lost against a better team than us today.
"I must say the reaction of the team and the attitude was right. The evidence is that we could have drawn at the end. We concede too many goals too. It's a balance between that and scoring. But I know when we concede a goal currently we become very fragile.
"Today if you look at the game sometimes we played very good football and sometimes we defended well too. But we have not enough consistency in our efforts."
With just eight league matches left to play, Villa seem destined for relegation, but the French tactician continues to insist that they can still avoid the drop in the coming weeks.
"We can still believe we can win enough games to be safe," he said. "I am not saying that we are now having easy games.
"I don't want to disrespect anyone in this league. I can't anyway because they are all in front of us. I am saying the games we are playing now will be against teams that are not fighting for the title.
"We will have to keep the attitude and faith we have shown today. I believe we can win games before the end."