Back at the training ground, David Pleat offered his considered reaction to the weekend action at Villa Park.
IT IS GETTING very difficult to take, but we have to take it on the chin. I still see all the promise in there and I also see the fact that we can't get a goal to relieve the pressure.
We started the game well, but from the first free-kick there was very bad marking and we failed to keep the ball out of the net. After that I thought we took the game to them, but we are not getting enough efforts in on goal.
Whether that is because of a lack of wide, progressive players - wingers in the old fashioned term - or whatever, but the boys worked hard enough and we came in at half-time and felt we had a real chance of getting back into it.
Villa then had that five-minute spell at the beginning of the second half where, to be fair to them, they could have gone three goals up with good efforts. We came strong again and didn't let that deter us, but couldn't get that clear chance or space to get Keane, Defoe or Kanoute in cleanly.
We went forward, made the substitutions at the right time, with Doherty giving us more of a physical presence in the last 15 minutes.
In summary, it was a massive disappointment. I thought our supporters were fantastic - they were great against Arsenal and the same again on Sunday.
This was put to me when I spoke to Dave Sexton and one or two other people after the game - they all said the same thing.
The supporters can see that, with the right type of additions to the side, we can definitely pick up.