Coleraine manager Oran Kearney has declared that in this season unlike any other, the title race is far from over even though his team start the day 12 points adrift of champions Linfield.
The Bannsiders had an opportunity to pile the pressure on the Blues in midweek but lost 2-1 at Windsor Park, leaving them a long way behind David Healy's men even with a match in hand.
Kearney was frustrated by the game management of his side against Linfield and will look to put that right at Warrenpoint tonight, though will have to do so without influential defender Aaron Canning, who is suspended following his injury-time dismissal on Wednesday.
Asked if the title was now beyond them, Kearney stated: "No, absolutely not. I say that with no problem. This year has been like no other. Yes, we will probably be reliant on other teams, and it's not a place I've ever wanted to be going into a title race, but I think we will still have a big say.
"We still have to play Linfield after the split and have a game in hand on them. If we win both it's down to six points. The big urge for us is to be in that mix.
"We need points on the board. Linfield can afford to match three or four of our results. If we draw a couple and Linfield draw a couple we are still 12 behind them with a game in hand. We must now start to beat Linfield's results and we'll need help from others because on Wednesday we weren't able to help ourselves."
Kearney insists that Coleraine should have been awarded a free-kick on the halfway line in injury time after Christy Manzinga challenged Lyndon Kane before the Blues striker streaked clear, leading to Canning hauling him down and seeing red.
Another major disappointment was an injury to goalkeeper Gareth Deane which could see him ruled out for the rest of the season, and Eoin Bradley being booked for diving.
"The 20-minute period from their first goal to their second just before half-time was what hurt us the most," said Kearney.
"We had four, five or six players in that 20-minute spell who felt we had to equalise before half-time.
"We went Russian roulette for 20 minutes. If we went in 1-0 down at half-time it wouldn't have been the end of the world."