Harry Redknapp insisted Queens Park Rangers would keep believing they could avoid relegation but he could not disguise his anguish after a 1-1 draw with Wigan Athletic.
QPR were reduced to ten men in the 21st minute when Bobby Zamora was sent off for a high challenge on Jordi Gomez, but it looked like they would run out winners after Loic Remy's fantastic goal five minutes from time.
However, Shaun Maloney's last-gasp equaliser left QPR eight points from safety with six games of the season remaining, and Redknapp was stunned by the late setback.
He told Sky Sports: "We had worked so hard with ten men all game and I felt we deserved a goal. It was a fantastic goal and then we gave two silly free-kicks away on the edge of the box and the second one allowed them to score with the last kick of the game.
"It couldn't have been more cruel. We didn't deserve that. We deserved to win today with ten men.
"The players were fantastic. Every one of them worked their socks off and you can't...