Newcastle United boss Alan Shearer believes a few final day 'twists and turns' will ultimately keep his relegation-threatened side in the Premier League.
The Magpies slipped back into the drop zone on the back of Saturday's 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Fulham.
Hull's own 1-1 draw with Bolton Wanderers has left them one point better off than Newcastle ahead of the final round of fixtures, but Shearer still believes his ailing side can survive.
They now face Aston Villa on the final day of the season with Shearer claiming: "It's out of our hands. We've got to better Hull next weekend. Whatever they do, we've got to better them.
"But it isn't over. I'm sure there are going to be twists and turns next Sunday afternoon.
"But that's football, isn't it? From the highs on (beating Middlesbroughon ) Monday evening and this week, we've been brought back down to earth again.
"But we were playing against a very good Fulham side who are well organised."
Meanwhile, Shearer was furious with referee Howard Webb after he ruled out a potential equaliser from Mark Viduka against the Cottagers.
Webb ruled that Kevin Nolan had fouled Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer in the build-up to Viduka's header to the dismay of the interim manager.
"We're bitterly disappointed at the disallowed goal," he fumed. "I've seen it and I can't see anything that's wrong with it.
"Probably what's happened is the goal on Monday night from Steven Taylor has been highlighted that much this week that one or two people have thought, 'We might try to clamp down on that this weekend'.
"You're allowed to put someone in front of the goalkeeper - I'm not aware that you're meant to get out of the way of him.
"I thought their player was blocking him more than Kevin Nolan was, so I'm disappointed with that.
"I thought he got the big decision wrong today. When he looks at it, he might think that as well."