"I think this December is decisive," the experienced boss said. "You've got to see where you are then, haven't you?
"If you're in touch, we can get a couple of wins and keep ourselves in there, then great have a go.
"If not, you've got to be careful. We've got to look at it and see where we are.
"Hopefully we are in touching distance and can get a couple of players in that can make the difference and get out of it that way.
"At the moment, I've got what I've got and we've got to get out of it with this lot.
"We've got to close the gap, get ourselves within at least touching distance of fourth from bottom and if we can do that I am sure we will have a go in January."