He said: "It is looking bleak, there is no doubt about that. I can't put a positive spin on it. The players are going to be devastated. We've got some players who are out of the team who don't want my arm around them, because they think they're fantastic players and they can't understand why I've left them out of the team.
"Nothing in the first 30 or 40 minutes of the game gave me the impression that I was going to be standing here with tears in my eyes speaking to you now. But that's what I'm doing and that's where I am.
"I suppose to some extent I've got to try and first of all get myself in the right frame of mind for Monday. And then I'll start trying to do something to help them prepare for the next game because we are six points adrift.
"There are five games left to go, three of those are away from home, one of the home games is Liverpool.
"So if people are writing us off I can quite understand that. All I can do is hope we can pick ourselves up and hope we can do something about taking those chances."