Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill has never confessed to being superstitious but he may now have discovered an aversion to the number 13 after his side suffered their first Premier League defeat in 13 matches.
The 2-0 slump at the hands of Harry Redknapp's vibrant Portsmouth side capped a week which also saw a disappointing 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough and the Villa boss conceded it was a few days he would rather forget as the results put a serious dent in his side's pursuit of automatic qualification for Europe this season.
But O'Neill remained philosophical at the final whistle refusing to criticise keeper Scott Carson for his part in the goals - one of which was a real comedy of errors.
And a resilient O'Neill vowed Villa's season was not over - just yet.
He said: "That was a poor week. We have played two games in three or four days and picked up just one point out of a possible six.
"We were a bit unfortunate against Portsmouth but we are not throwing our season away. We are still going to go for it.
"It may be seen as an act of defiance on my part but we can still win the majority of our remaining eight matches and that is what we are going to go and try and do.
"I still feel there will be a couple of turns and twists in this season yet."
Villa's defeat saw Pompey leapfrog them into sixth place - leaving Villa seven points off fifth-placed Everton.
O'Neill said: "Everton will be delighted we dropped points and Liverpool continue to win a host of games as befits a side of their standing.
"So we need to win our games and the fact is we still have to go to Everton.
"We have to look after ourselves now. The margin is certainly getting less and less for us but we have just got to go out there and win the majority of our games. It is still very much to play for."
O'Neill admitted he was disappointed with the result at Fratton Park particularly as his side had raised their game significantly from the lacklustre show against Middlesbrough in midweek.
He said: "I am very disappointed. We have been through a couple of days since Wednesday when we didn't play well against Middlesbrough but I thought we were up for this game. I thought we were capable of winning it before the game and even at half time and 2-0 behind.
"There was a little bit of fluke concerned with the second goal and that was a real blow.
"Scott (Carson) came out to block it and it hits Nigel. If it had hit him anywhere else it would have gone out for a corner or a throw-in but it rebounded back to the goal - pure fluke.
"You will watch a lot of games before you see a goal like that again."
The Northern Irishman continued: "We created a number of chances in the second half but were unable to take them and in the end the game eluded us."
"Gabby Agbonlahor had a good chance and he is obviously disappointed but we had a couple of others as well.
"There are still eight games to go. Just a fortnight ago we were brilliant against Arsenal and I have been every bit as disappointed at dropping two points there considering we were leading.
"We were galloping along nicely and we have slipped up. The really good sides are capable of winning five or six games on the trot and we are not yet.
"Aston Villa Football Club is big enough to be able to do that so we have got to to be able to show that now."