Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan insists the club do not deserve to be in the Championship play-offs.
Despite re-working the Boro squad since taking charge in October, the Teesside club have struggled to get their promotion charge back on track.
Now with six games left of their season, they remain five points adrift - but Strachan has few complaints.
"We don't deserve to be there just now," he said following their latest setback, a 1-1 draw at Watford.
"We haven't done enough, we're putting a lot of work in but we're not doing enough to win games, to make enough chances to win games.
"There's always a chance, but we've not done enough at the moment to say we should be in the top six.
"We might do enough in the last six games to say we should be in there, but at the moment we've not done enough.
"You've got to be winning games to be in the top six and we've drawn far too many.
"We know we've got a problem, we're not beating ourselves up about it, we've had enough chances to win games and it's our fault. The most consistent teams are in the top six."
Meanwhile Strachan is hoping Scott McDonald will be available to return against Crystal Palace this weekend.
McDonald has suffered from hernia and hamstring issues since arriving from Celtic in January.
Now Strachan is hoping he will make a quicker than expected return this weekend.
"Scott could be back for the weekend," said Strachan.