Torquay manager Martin Ling still believes his side can secure an automatic promotion spot in npower League Two despite a frustrating goalless draw with Southend on Saturday.
With Crawley drawing at home to AFC Wimbledon, the Gulls had the opportunity to put their future into their own hands with victory over the Shrimpers but were unable to break down their visitors from Essex.
Ling told BBC Devon: "I've still got the belief that we can make the top three. We wanted to win the game and never got what we wanted, but I don't think we deserved it."
Crawley can now jump above Torquay on goal difference with a win in their game in hand, against Northampton on Tuesday night, but Ling remains optimistic.
He said: "When you look at the top seven you see little old Torquay in there fighting away. We haven't got the resources of other clubs, we are battling way above our station, but that doesn't mean we can't do it and it doesn't mean we can't finish the job."