Ards manager Niall Currie believes his side are good enough to avoid relegation despite slumping to another defeat against Dungannon Swifts.
The newly-promoted side have found life in the big time predictably tough, and sit bottom having lost seven of their first eight games.
That dismal run continued at Stangmore Park where another goal from Darren Boyce – assisted by a goalkeeping error – proved the difference.
But while some are already writing off Ards’ chances, Currie insists he has confidence in his players’ ability.
Asked if he still believes they can survive, he replied: “I think we can, yes. I don’t think at any stage this season we’ve taken a real beating.
“We got beaten 4-1 at Glenavon last weekend but it wasn’t a 4-1 game, I can assure you.
“I believe the players are good enough but they have to show it.
“This is a different ball game and they are finding that out very quickly.”
The only goal of a forgettable match came after 16 minutes.
Fra Brennan played the ball down the right flank and Boyce cut inside before beating the goalkeeper too easily with his left-foot finish.
Swift’s boss Darren Murphy was quick to point out that Irish League football is sometimes about grinding out wins.
“We were poor for long parts of the game but sometimes you’ve got to win ugly,” he said.