Defiant Perth Glory coach Ian Ferguson has not given up hope of qualifying for the finals this season despite his side's chances taking another big hit at the weekend.
Goals either side of half-time from Nick Kalmar and Eli Babalj gave Melbourne Heart a 2-0 win at AAMI Park on Saturday and consigned Glory to a fifth straight defeat.
Glory made a bright start to the season, but have won just twice since round five.
They are winless in their past eight matches and have not scored in the past month.
The task doesn't get any easier this week, with league leaders Central Coast travelling to nib Stadium to take on a Glory side that sits five points outside the top six.
But the finals remain on Ferguson's radar.
"I'm never giving up on finals until it's mathematically impossible," Ferguson said.
"It's all still to play for and we're not giving up hope yet."
Ferguson is set to meet club owner Tony Sage this week, but denied the meeting amounted to crisis talks.
Ferguson said he would discuss the football department and poor run of results with Sage, but wouldn't elaborate.
"As you can imagine, there's a few things that we have to speak about," Ferguson said. "At the end of the day, I'm in a results-driven business and the results at this moment in time have not been great.
"But Tony's been very supportive and I would not say it's a crisis yet."
Defender Scott Jamieson is expected to return from a foot injury against Central Coast on Saturday, but captain Jacob Burns remains in doubt.
Burns has missed the past three matches with a back injury and has been given time to rest.
A decision on his availability will be made later this week.
"It's really a cup final for us, it's one of those games that's a must-win," Ferguson said.
"It's against the league leaders so it's going to be a difficult task, but I believe in the group we've got."
New recruit Matias Cordoba made his first appearance for Glory off the bench against Heart and showed glimpses of his potential.
Ferguson expected the attacking midfielder to feel comfortable in his new surroundings soon.