Oxford United boss Chris Wilder has moved to allay fears that their season is in danger of falling away from them.
The U's, who lost 3-1 to Cheltenham Town on Saturday, have now lost their last five matches in all competitions.
Wilder told BBC Radio Oxford: "Our season is not done and dusted. How can it be? We're two points off the play-offs with 27 matches to play.
"You lose some big players and you hit bad form but now we have to show some fight to get out of it."
The Oxford manager also believes his side are suffering from bad luck as they look to turn around their poor form.
"We're certainly not on the top of our game but I've got to say I think things are going against us," he added.
"Our keeper has been done by a cross for their first goal and I think (Liam) Davis was unlucky to be sent off as I thought he got something on the ball for his second booking.
"We missed a header from a corner and it's in our net for the second goal and then just after getting back into it we concede a deflected free-kick."
Oxford travel to fellow promotion hopefuls Morecambe on Saturday, 10 December.