The logic appears flawed when Ronnie Wallwork assesses West Bromwich Albion's chances against the Premiership's runaway leaders Chelsea: "If the likes of Middlesbrough can beat them 3-0 there is no reason why we can't."
Albion, it will not have escaped him, were beaten 2-0 by Middlesbrough. Reason enough to suggest they have little or no chance against the Champions tomorrow.
But Wallwork knows Albion were unfortunate to have dominated almost an entire game against Boro and still emerged the vanquished.
The Premiership is often not a just place.
So what of Albion's record against Chelsea since the advent of Jose Mourinho and his richly-assembled band of superstars. Last season they lost 4-1 at home, Zoltan Gera getting the consolation goal, and 1-0 at Stamford Bridge. Earlier this term Albion were turned over 4-0.
None of which suggests a shock is on the cards at The Hawthorns tomorrow.
But Wallwork is undeterred and he believes Chelsea's players, who face Barcelona in the Champions League next week, may allow their minds to drift elsewhere. Complacency may also add to the pressure on the Londoners.
"They are the champions and they have world class players and we know it will be a tough game," said Wallwork yesterday.
He acknowledged that some of Chelsea's players have played in mid-week international matches.
"In a way I think that the pressure is on Chelsea as they are coming to our patch and obviously a few of their players will have played international matches this week so they might have a few tired legs. We have to take advantage of that.
"We have got to get among them and see what we can get out of the game."
Of course Chelsea will give nothing up lightly. They top the table by 15 points which most managers - Bryan Robson included - already admit is too much for the chasing pack to claw back.
Albion sit one place off the relegation spots and their position look precarious when the forthcoming fixtures are studied closely.
After Chelsea, Albion face a tough derby against fellow relegation contenders Birmingham City and then must try to steal unlikely points from second-placed Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, who are fourth, and Liverpool (third). Aston Villa, who are 15th, will be the Baggies next opponents from whom they might reasonably expect at least a share of the spoils on April 9.
Wallwork however will not let negative thoughts enter his head.
"We have more points than we had at the same stage last season and what we want to do is drag the teams above us into the relegation battle," he said.
"Middlesbrough, Aston Villa and Fulham are still not out of it and there are a lot of games and points to be played for.
"We knew it would be tough again this season but it is a another good challenge for us."
While he would like not to be in the position he is in - another long, hard war of attrition, grinding out points here and there until the end of the season looks a likely scenario for Albion - Wallwork remains realistic.
"No club wants to be scrapping it out in a relegation battle; we want to be up there in mid-table. But you can't always have things your way.
"We had a good run of results at home but we have dipped a bit of late and we have to push on and take each game as it comes.
"We have the experience of staying up from last season but we don't want it to go down to the wire again.
"If it does come to that and we stay up it will be another good achievement."
Wallwork, who knows from his time at Manchester United what it takes to be allconquering, is lifted only a little by news that Frank Lampard will not play for Chelsea tomorrow.
"I know Chelsea will be missing Frank Lampard but they have got such a strong squad that they can bring in a world class player as a replacement and this is going to be a good challenge for us."
Wallwork has identified Joe Cole, who scored England's late winning goal against Uruguay on Wednesday night, as one player to be feared and therefore to be targeted and nullified.
"He showed last night playing for England how good he is. We will have to try and keep him quiet on Saturday."
Steve Watson, Albion's utility defender is back in the squad but Zoltan Gera is still building up to full fitness while Nigel Quashie is suspended.
After the midweek internationals, Robson welcomes back Junichi Inamoto, Curtis Davies, Thomasz Kuszczak and Diomansy Kamara.