TORQUAY United manager Chris Hargreaves said both he and his players would continue fighting despite facing a mountain to climb to stave off relegation.
Speaking after the 1-0 defeat against Fleetwood Town on Saturday, Hargreaves said there was no problem with motivation on the part of the players.
He said they now had to be prepared to pick themselves up and go again when Rochdale are the visitors to Plainmoor on Tuesday night.
“As long as there is a breath left in me, I will keep fighting and the players will do the same,” Hargreaves told the club website.
“They fought like lions and I’m with them. They know that and I’ll be with them right to the death.
“We turn up on Monday morning, dust ourselves off and get ready again. Football’s a cruel game and we have to be fighters.
“The ref hasn’t given a penalty and we’ve had that in two home games. I don’t see how else you can get a penalty if it’s not with somebody taking your player out. It’s hard to take but you don’t use it as an excuse.
“We’d had a good week and we were looking forward to the game, as always. This is professional football and a fantastic way to make a living.
“If you can’t raise yourself, it’s a bad job.
“These lads are getting paid above average money, they’re doing a fantastic job in a good environment, so there’s no problem with motivation.
“Sometimes out there, it’s one spark of quality or one lack of concentration that leads to a goal.
“You have to concentrate for minutes and for one split-second, some cover wasn’t applied and you get punished.”
Goalscoring is proving to be the Achilles heel of the team, and despite loan signing Enoch Showunmi providing a spearhead for the attack on Saturday, the Gulls were unable to capitalise on what chances they had.
Fleetwood took all three points when Jamille Matt provided a neat finish from a through ball in the 73rd minute.
Hargreaves continued: “The longer the game was at 0-0, one team was always going to nick it.
“We had enough chances and didn’t score, but you’ve got to shut up shop and it’s another cruel lesson to some footballers.
“The game has gone and all I can do is repeat, repeat, again and again.
“You have to be philosophical about life and there is no-one hurting more than me. I want this more than anything and the players understand that.”