It took a fine strike from Aston Villa captain Gareth Barry in the last ten minutes to deny us the maximum bounty after a Juan Pablo Angel own goal gifted us the lead. By this point we were down to ten men after Calum Davenport was dismissed for a challenge of Gabriel Agbonlahor that led to a questionable penalty - missed by Angel.
Jermain himself felt a little harshly done by when he was called offside in the final minutes from a Jermaine Jenas throughball.
"I thought we were going to win, but it is always difficult when you come to places like this and Villa have been playing really well recently," considered the striker after the game. "It was tough, but we played with a lot of energy even though we only had two days to prepare after the international break.
"Maybe we deserved to win the game. We had a slow start to the season but it is about how you finish and we are picking up now. We've got a strong squad and we will get better," he added, before offering a dubious response to the question of Angel's misfortune from his corner.
"Own goal? It was my goal! We didn't have much luck in our first few games of the season so maybe we are now getting a bit. It was a great goal from Gareth Barry and we had to stay strong towards the end, so I thought we did well.
"I feel sharp and fresh, just disappointed we didn't get the win - especially with going through at the end when I was onside. That is another story though."
"We didn't have much luck in our first few games of the season so maybe we are now getting a bit."
Jermain Defoe felt the team were unfortunate not to come away from Villa Park with the three points on Saturday.