Coach Steve Corica has no doubts Sydney FC can still challenge for the Premiers' Plate this season despite blowing their big chance to reel in leaders Perth Glory.
The Sky Blues were beaten 3-1 in Perth on Wednesday, conceding all three goals in the first half. It snapped their four-game winning run, while the Glory extended their lead at the top to six points.
Perth have only suffered one defeat all season, while the Sky Blues have lost three. They are in third spot, level with defending champions Melbourne Victory but trailing on goal difference.
Corica was unhappy with his team's first-half display against Tony Popovic's side but feels "100 per cent" there is more than enough time for them to bridge the six-point gap.
"There's no way we're giving up," he said. "It's only six points, it doesn't mean they've got it shot to bits.
"It's a long way to go; I've seen teams (that have) been turned around from six points in front. We're looking forward to it, it's going to be a good end to the season."
Adam le Fondre netted his 11th goal of the season for Sydney FC against the Glory but it wasn't enough to get the visitors back into the match.
The Sky Blues, who face Adelaide and Newcastle at home in their next two games, are ready to make changes in the coming weeks and that could mean more game-time for Danny De Silva.
The former Perth player has been restricted to eight substitute appearances since recovering from a hamstring injury.
Speaking of the 21-year-old, who gave the team some spark when he came on in the 66th minute against Glory, Corica said: "I'm pretty sure he's going to be starting very soon. Six games in January is a tough ask for a lot of players with the quick turnarounds."
Sydney FC are 19/20 to win their next game against Adelaide United, who are 14/5 with the draw 13/5.