Gianfranco Zola felt his side needed to get in front in Monday night's derby at Upton Park.
Instead, Ledley King nodded home that all-important first goal in the 67th minute and we went on to win 2-0 thanks to a Jamie O'Hara special in the final minute.
"It was important for us to score first," said Zola. "We knew there were going to be chances in the game and if we'd have got in front it would have been a big help.
"Unfortunately for us it was a disappointing game, everyone was determined to win and it's ended in disappointment for us and the fans.
"The players gave me everything.
"It's not an easy situation for us to be in, we all know that and we have to work hard to change it. We won't panic and we'll keep going."
Zola felt his side should have been awarded a penalty for a handball against Benoit Assou-Ekotto in the second half and picked out Luka Modric's influence as key. "They started to play in the second half - Modric found his position behind the striker and that caused us problems."