Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock insists his players' belief has not wavered despite a far from happy Christmas.
United suffered two defeats in four days over the festive period, culminating in the 1-0 loss to Manchester City at Bramall Lane.
The Blades have now dropped to 17th in the Premiership table, just two points above the relegation zone, with their season again back in the balance.
With Arsenal next up for Warnock and his side on Saturday, there is every chance United could be back in the bottom three by the end of the year.
'Arsenal will come to win, while City just came not to lose,' said Warnock. 'They've gone away with the points thinking all their Christmases have come at once, and how we've not got anything out of the game, I don't know. They are very, very fortunate. We've played City off the park. On another day, we could have had three, four or five goals. But it wasn't to be.
'But the lads are giving me everything. We have to continue playing like that and we will because we've big belief in ourselves. We've nine more home games to come, plenty of points at stake, and we've games away from home we're quite capable of winning. Even with the big clubs, I think we can give them all a run for their money.'