Southampton Under-23s manager Dave Horseman reiterated the need for belief in his side, following defeat to Nottingham Forest in the Premier League Cup.
Two goals from Forest courtesy of Virgil Gomes and Zac Clough either side of the break ultimately were enough for the hosts, despite a late Kornelius Hansen strike.
The result means Saints need to win their last two games to have a chance of progressing in the competition, showing Horseman feels is still possible.
“We have to have belief in our boys,” said Horseman. “We have good players. Some of them need to press a bit harder and we can beat anybody."
“It was a scrappy game from start to finish. A game which lacked quality and was about heading it, kicking it, similar to the Wolves game a little bit.
“We started too slow in terms of wanting to compete and pressure sides. Give away a goal and then we’re always chasing, in an evening where they’re compact.
“But we had a twenty-five-minute spell in the second half where we came out and we actually did start to play, we created a few chances when the subs came on.”
The game saw youngster Nathan Tella return from injury for the first time in ten months, with Horseman praising the impact of the returning midfielder.
“I thought he had a huge impact in the game. Kornelius [Hansen] was the same. I think they came on and made a real impact and we could have scored a couple of times.
“It was great to have him back; he’s trained hard for months and months and months and I had to get him on the pitch because sometimes there are things that are bigger than the result. He’s a great lad, a good player."