That result made it three 1-0 losses in a run of four defeats in our last five games - the other defeat, 3-0 at Manchester United, was widely accepted to flatter the home side after United scored twice in the final three minutes.
Saturday was a similar story - at least an equal amount of possession but only a couple of clear-cut chances and what appeared a cast-iron penalty shout waved away.
"We had a lot of possession without creating a great deal of chances," reflected Michael. "They are tough to break down and that's why they are up there, they are top team.
"I thought we should have had a penalty when my shot hit John Terry on the arm and it was disappointing to lose the game.
"The performance was good at times but realistically, you can look at the last few games and say we've not been battered, but we've lost four of five. To be honest, I'd rather play badly and get the three points."
Michael Brown admitted his frustration at another narrow defeat after Saturday's 1-0 reverse against Chelsea.