Portsmouth boss Tony Adams remained upbeat despite seeing his side lose out 1-0 at home to Aston Villa, with Pompey having now gone seven league games without a win.
Adams' side are a mere three points above the drop zone, while a recent FA Cup exit at the hands of Swansea City only deepened the gloom at Fratton Park.
However, former Arsenal legend Adams enthused: "I thought we were unlucky. I thought we played ever so well even with ten men in the last 20 minutes.
"But at the moment everything seems to be against us. You get punished for just one mistake, but we were well-organised, full of spirit and if you look at the stats we had the better of the game.
"You always need points, everyone says that, but when you don't get them you just have to move on and look for them in the next game.
"I was encouraged and delighted, though, by the performance. The majority of the game we were the better team and we are certainly not giving up the fight.
"There are still encouraging signs and we'll work on them. I'd still like a couple more new players, but it's a difficult market.
"We could do with another one up front another one in midfield."