Scunthorpe boss Brian Laws believes his side need a miracle to avoid relegation from npower League One.
The Iron threw away a 1-0 lead to lose at Bury, leaving them five points adrift with just two games remaining. And although Laws will not stop fighting, he admits the drop is looming large.
He said: "There has to be a large portion of doubt now because the performance in the second half and the defeat means it is a huge task.
"It would be a miracle if we stay up. Even if we win both games, we're depending on the complete collapse of other teams and I'm not seeing that at all. I'll still keep fighting, that's for sure. I know it's cheap talk but we've got to."
Frustratingly for Laws, Scunthorpe had controlled much of the game, going ahead on the stroke of half-time when Karl Hawley headed home Mark Duffy's cross. But they suffered an incredible collapse, sparked by on-loan Peterborough duo Jonson Clarke-Harris and Nicky Ajose.
Clarke-Harris rifled a stunning 20-yard free kick into the corner of the net before Ajose capitalised on a defensive error to slot home the winner.
"We missed some great opportunities to kill the game off and this has been the story of our season," added Laws. "When we're on top and we do create, we never seem to finish teams off.
"After we had conceded the first goal, Bury sensed the fear had got into the players and I could see that. It's been here for years and it's hard to eradicate. When clubs smell the fear, they seize it and we seem to capitulate."
Meanwhile, Bury assistant manager Peter Shirtliff admits the club's players are fighting for their futures. The Shakers are already relegated and could only name two substitutes due to their severe financial problems.
He said: "That's the situation we're in. We are down to bare bones and the lads will keep going. You never know, we might win the last two games. I'm a big believer the way you finish one season is how you start the next one so hopefully we can finish on a high. It is a consolation but I'm pleased for the players because they've tried hard all season and haven't had the best of fortune."