A feeling of apathy surrounding Wolverhampton Wanderers' promotion chances has d escended on Molineux like a thick fog.
But manager Glenn Hoddle is still the essence of optimism as he takes his team to Turf Moor to play Burnley tonight.
Wolves' failure to beat bottom club Crewe Alexandra on Saturday has left them nine points adrift of the play-off pack. Everyone at Molineux has painful memories of the 11-point margin made up on Wolves four years ago with only seven games left. Hoddle, however, is a believer in miracles.
He said: "Nine points is nothing when you've got three for a win. It seems a lot but it's two games that other teams lose and you win and you're back to breathing down their necks again.
"We won't give up on anything while there's this amount of points to play for."
The problem is that Wolves do not look like winning - as a return of three in 13 league games will corroborate.
Hoddle said: "We're not playing as well as we were early in the season when we were not winning when we should have been winning.
"The home game with Burnley was a classic example. I've never been involved in a game when a team has dominated so much."
Gareth O'Connor's first-half goal earned Burnley a first win at Molineux in 20 years. But Hoddle is hopeful rather than vengeful about turning it round tonight, saying: "Never mind putting one over on them, we owe a win to ourselves. Two draws and a loss is not good enough against teams from down the bottom. But we've got to work our way through this."
Hoddle has Jeremie Aliadiere available for the first time, the on-loan striker having recovered from the heavy cold that meant he did not play against Crewe.
Wolves have Keith Lowe and Leon Clarke back following the cancellation of their loan at Queens Park Rangers, in the wake of Ian Holloway's departure - but neither can figure until they have served the first 28 days of that loan.