Harry Redknapp was left to reflect on a ‘poor' equalising goal as victory slipped through our fingers in injury time at Birmingham on Saturday.
We had the better chances of a tough encounter at St Andrews and looked on our away to another big away win when Jermain Defoe struck in the 69th minute.
The home side saw striker ‘Chucho' waste their best chances - one in each half - but they refused to give up and were rewarded in the first of five minutes of added time when James McFadden crossed, Cameron Jerome headed back across goal and Liam Ridgewell, up from left-back, finished from close range.
It brought back memories of the 2-2 draw at Everton when we led 2-0 only to draw 2-2 and although we weren't as dominant as we were at Goodison that day, it was none the less disappointing.
"We deserved to win," said Harry. "They never really threatened us and we were in control. It was a game for us to lose, or draw in this case.
"They weren't in the game but when we scored we invited them onto us a bit, that was the problem.
"It was a poor goal to concede though, we defended poorly on it."
The draw was enough to maintain our fourth place in the Barclays Premier League but Liverpool and Villa closed the gap with wins. Manchester City face Portsmouth on Sunday.
Harry added: "It's tight. If we'd won it would have put us in great shape. Villa had a big win away, Liverpool have won again, City will be right up there and Everton won't be far away with how they are going. They are on a great run and won away again. You never know."