Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has admitted in interview that his beleaguered Cardiff side "need a miracle to stay up now".
Cardiff now have only five games to make up their six point deficit and avoid returning to the Championship.
Despite Solskjaer's best efforts to revive the fortunes of the Bluebirds, and despite a decent scoring run of eleven in their last five matches, including a thrilling 3-3 draw with West Brom, problems at the back have led to them conceding 14 in those five matches.
There is also turmoil off the pitch, as fans become increasingly disillusioned with Malaysian owner Vincent Tan, and with the sweeping changes he has implemented, even down to the club's historic blue colours.
Cardiff's next five games include only two home games, against difficult opponents in Stoke, and possible title contenders Chelsea on the 11th May. Their away games don't look to be much simpler, with matches against Southampton, Newcastle and Sunderland.
With all this in mind, it is not hard to see why Ole feels that the task is now all but beyond his side, but they have players of quality in the likes of Mutch, and the Premier League is renowned for its great escapes, so the Blues can only wait and hope for their miracle
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