Glenn Hoddle admits he would love to be preparing for a midweek game again this week after Saturday's disappointments - instead, he's lost a chunk of his squad to international duty.
The boss was left stunned after fine performances against Leeds and Liverpool were followed by a flat display and 3-0 Premiership defeat by Fulham.
He said: "I would love to be playing again on Wednesday because it will a long time before we're all together again.
"We've eight or nine players away and it's disappointining not to have the chance to get the team together and have a constructive talk about the performance.
"You can lose sometimes and lose unluckily like at Birmingham, but we didn't deserve anything this time."