Jonathan Greening is "not being arrogant" when he says that West Bromwich Albion are the best side in the Coca-Cola Championship and are capable of winning all of their remaining fixtures - but he is being deadly serious.
The Baggies' skipper's confident words belie his side's current form, which has yielded just two wins in their last eight league games - but the player insists that when the pressure is really on, his team-mates will rise to the occasion. That time is now.
He said: "It is going to come down to who has the bottle over the next few games.
"We have got two games in hand and if we win them it will be a massive push in the right direction and all the other teams will start feeling the pressure.
"We are pretty confident that we can win all our remaining games - even though we have not won that many in a row at any time this season.
"If we have to get up through the play-offs then that is what we will have to do.
"I would not say I would want to go through that experience again but if we have to, then so be it.
"Every game we have played this year we have felt that we have been the better team.
"There have been some bad performances - like Barnsley away, for one - but on our day we firmly believe that if we play well then we have the quality to win games.
"I do not mean to be arrogant but if we can play well in our remaining games then we have every chance of going up."
Leading from the front is something that has come easily this season to Greening who was surprisingly awarded the captain's armband at the start of the campaign.
The 29-year-old said: "I have really enjoyed being captain this year.
"I was shocked, as I suspect you guys were, when I got given it but having the extra responsibility has really helped me out this season.
"Over the next games I need to keep people going and upbeat because we are still in a great position.
"Some people have said it has been a bad season for us - but I do not know why. If we win our games in hand then we will go top - and if someone had offered us this position at the start of the season we would have taken it.
"We are still in a strong position, we have played some great stuff along the way and scored a lot of goals. We are also in the semi-final of the FA Cup.
"I know that doesn't count for anything unless we make it to the final but we will be trying our hardest to do that.
"All year people have been saying that we have the best squad and players in this division. It is okay saying that - but we have to prove it.
"We have lived with the expectations all year and we expect ourselves to do it [win promotion].
"We know we are a good team, that plays some good stuff and we have quality throughout the squad.
"If you look at the bench last week, Kevin Phillips was on it; a lot of teams would want that strength."
Albion have struggled to pick up the maximum points in recent weeks from teams who have come to The Hawthorns and played five in midfield.
With a run-in consisting predominantly of away games, Greening is hopeful that the Baggies can use the situation to their advantage.
They nearly did so against Charlton Athletic at The Valley on Friday evening thanks to an open second-half which saw the Addicks push for a winner.
"Every team you play at this stage has something to play for so it does not matter if the games are home or away," said the skipper.
"When you play at home teams might come and play 4-5-1 but, away from home, the onus is on them to attack so that might help us in our run-in.
"I got man-marked against Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns. Neil Warnock [Palace manager] came up after the game and apologised to me.
"He said that they really needed a point and would try and repay us by beating Watford. But I remember him doing it when he was in the Premier League, with Juninho in the FA Cup, so I am not too worried about people man-marking me again.
"I think it must be his way of doing things and I do not take it as an honour.
"I think it was that same night that I elbowed my missus in the head thinking it was my man-marker!"