Leicester boss Nigel Pearson has set his rock bottom side the unlikely challenge of winning half their remaining fixtures to beat the drop.
The Foxes were held to a 0-0 draw by visiting Hull in a game they had highlighted as a big chance to get back to winning ways.
They even had a numerical advantage for the last 19 minutes following Tom Huddlestone's sending off, but could not find a cutting edge in attack.
At full-time they were left rooted to the foot of the table and seven points adrift of safety, leading to Pearson's stark analysis.
Having won just four times in their first 28 matches, he now wants his side to more than double their tally before the season's end.
"We've got 10 games left, six at home and we probably need to win five. Today's game shows how tough it can be," he said.
"We are in the same sort of position as before. We have six games at home so our home form has to be drastically improved to give us the best chance.
"Today I think the players expected to get three points, so it is disappointing to come away with one.
"To get the three we needed to be more committed to our attacking play.
"I'm not sure we could have played any more of an attacking style, but if players are having a bit of an off day they're having an off day.
"We had an indifferent day with the ball."
Hull manager Steve Bruce had no qualms about Huddlestone's red card, the midfielder dismissed for the second time this season after being booked in each half.
But he was indignant about two decisions that immediately preceded the midfielder's dismissal.
Both Alex Bruce and Michael Dawson were cautioned for what their manager took to be fair challenges, leaving the Tigers boss to question the conduct of the Leicester players.
He stepped back from aiming too much vitriol at the opposition, but carefully referenced the midweek antics of Chelsea against Paris St Germain.
"I've got no problem with Huddlestone's two yellow cards, but is every challenge now a yellow if you mis-time it?" he said.
"It got a bit angry towards the end, but for me the referee booked my two centre-backs for (fair) challenges.
"There's a raging debate about Chelsea in midweek and if we're not careful…I saw everyone surround Alex for a red card for his challenge.
"There wasn't a nasty challenge in the game yet we've had five yellow cards and a sending off. I never saw that coming.
"The reason we enjoy the Premier League is its honesty and integrity and if we're going to go down the route of every other league - jumping around and whinging and trying to get people yellow and red cards - for me that's not right."
Pearson, whose mood soured visibly during the course of a brief, terse appearance before the press, strongly disagreed.
Responding to the journalist who asked him for a response to Bruce's statement, he said: "How many times have you seen us play this year?
"You're not in a position to judge my players on that. You're asking me and I've told you, 'No, I don't think it's a fair assessment'. Full stop."