Neil Adams remains bullish over Norwich City's chances of Premier League survival, despite Sunday's 3-2 loss to Liverpool.
The Canaries slipped to a fourth straight top-flight defeat as Brendan Rodgers' men extended their lead at the top of the table to five points with a slender win at Carrow Road.
The Norfolk outfit threatened to mount a gritty comeback, though fell just short, and now face a daunting run-in, with fixtures against Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal to come, but Adams is certain they can avoid the drop.
"However many points it's going to take, I don't know," said the 48-year-old.
"There's nine to play for - whether we need three, four, six, nine ... the way results are going, to put a target on it would be foolish.
"But the belief's there that we can get enough points to stay in the division."
Adams went on to reveal that a sub-standard first-half showing from Norwich led to a stern team talk at the interval - and he was thrilled with the attitude of his players after the break.
"I thought it was a phenomenal response to what was potentially a heavy defeat," he added.
"You look at those first 12 or 13 minutes and you're 2-0 down to the team that's top of the table - as we've seen, they've ripped teams apart and gone on and won four, five, six, seven.
"We had to shake them up at half-time. We needed to do more than we showed in the first half.
"I had to say a few things at half-time ... sometimes you have to get the players going, there was a few strong words in there but if it gets that kind of response then that's what I need to do.
"To a man in the second half (it was) a fantastic effort and we were desperately unlucky not to get something from the game."