The Tigers look certain to drop into League One following Saturday’s home defeat to Luton Town, though it is not impossible that they could yet survive.
If they can somehow record what would be only their second win in 20 league matches, they will have half a chance of escaping the bottom-three on the final day of 2019/20.
They do not have their fate in their own hands, however, and are reliant on Luton losing at home to Blackburn and Wigan Athletic failing to beat Fulham.
And while Grant McCann has conceded that his team are seriously up against it, he still feels that survival is a possibility.
Asked if his team needs a miracle to stay in the division, the Northern Irishman replied: “Of course.
“We are on the brink [of League One] there’s no point hiding, but it’s still mathematically possible that we can stay up, albeit very small.
“We need to win at Cardiff and hopefully results go our way. Mathematically, we still have a chance.
“It’s a slight chance isn’t it? Judging from our form everyone will tell us we’ve got zero chance. We’ve got to try and keep that belief we can get a win.
“We’ll try and put in a performance and try and get a result. “We need to win, first and foremost before we worry about anyone else and that’ll be the main thing.
We’re obviously relying on others for the first time and that’s our own fault.”
City could also still finish level on points with Charlton Athletic, but the Addicks’ goal-difference is so superior that there is little chance of the East Yorkshiremen overtaking them in the league standings.
A 16-goal swing would be required for that to happen.
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