With four games left and sitting six points outside the A-League's top four, the situation looks bleak for Sydney FC.
Just don't tell that to midfielder Terry McFlynn, who will make his return from a knee injury from the bench in Saturday's match against Adelaide.
The Northern Irishman said he could see no reason why the sky blues could not win their remaining four games and make the finals.
"We've all talked about it collectively, what we need to do in the last four games this season," McFlynn said on Friday.
"We know that we have to win all four games and that'll give us a bit of momentum hopefully going into the finals.
"I'd say it's definitely realistic when you look around the changing room, at the talent we've got.
"Like you say it's been a frustrating season all round with injuries, etcetera, but I don't see why four wins is out of the question."
No matter what happens to Sydney, 2008 has been a breakthrough year for McFlynn, with talk even of a possible Northern Ireland call-up.
Regardless of whether he does get a call from Northern Irish boss Nigel Worthington, McFlynn said the speculation showed how seriously the A-League was being viewed overseas.
"I think there was a little bit of correspondence earlier in the season between the club and the association and they've got a game in February (against) San Marino away, so fingers crossed," he said.
"I'm very thankful to Sydney, they've resurrected my footballing career as I said before and I'm very thankful to the club for helping me do that.
"The A-League now is getting a lot of exposure right across Europe, mainly in England I suppose, and it shows that people are sitting up and taking notice."