Mark Delaney described his own first-half performance as "pretty shocking" but that was the least of his problems after Aston Villa's 2-1 defeat at home to Manchester City.
The fall-out from this final home match of the season was that Villa kissed goodbye to any remaining hopes of qualifying for the Uefa Cup.
Delaney, the Wales international right-back, occupied a position at centre-back but it was bad defending that contributed to a wretched first-half display in which Villa conceded two goals.
Villa improved in the second half but could score only a consolation through Juan Pablo Angel.
Villa cannot finish higher than tenth in the Premiership - they play Liverpool away in their final match next season - and the preparations begin for what is sure to be a summer of significant transfer activity at Villa Park.
David O'Leary, the Villa manager, is likely to make buying a central defender a priority and there are no guarantees that Delaney will remain in the starting line-up next season. He is hoping to sign a new contract but the club is not yet willing to discuss it.
He said: "There is no news about my future but my firsthalf performance is not going to help my cause. I enjoy it here. If something comes about, all well and good. But I have to look after myself and see where we go.
"As far as the team goes, we have to look at the first half because it has been happening too often. We are giving teams a start and we cannot put ourselves in these situations. We put pressure on ourselves and we have lost too many needless points at home.
"We are not really learning. Anyone who saw the game against Manchester City could see that, defensively, we were all over the show. We created a few chances but at the back we are not as strong as we would like to be.
"We are all defenders. We are paid to defend. But at the moment we are not doing it. We are going to get criticised for that. It is not often that we do get criticised as defenders but we are at the moment.
"I was pretty shocking in the first half. But, just as the team could only get better, so could I. Thankfully, I did. But it is a team game and, as a team, we did not do it.
"Things did not go very well. But I will have a look at it and I hope the rest of the players do as well. If we don't learn from it, we won't be in a good position next season.
"There is no point going on about our injuries. We are a small squad. We know that.
But we are good enough as a team to qualify for Europe."
Villa offered little as an attacking force until Nolberto Solano emerged as a secondhalf substitute. Ostensibly out of the starting line-up because of injury, Solano performed superbly and created the goal for Angel.
Delaney said: "As far as Nolberto Solano not being in from the start, that is the manager's decision. At home I always feel that your most creative players should play. That is no disrespect to the manager. He makes his decision and we all have to go out there and do what he says.
"We could only get better in the second half. Even Eric Djemba-Djemba came on and played well. It has been difficult for him. I have been here six years and I have seen how people who come from different countries find it not easy to settle. In the games he has played he has looked good. Once he has got a pre-season under his belt we will see the best of him."
Delaney will be hoping to keep his place in the team for the match away to Liverpool. He is a Liverpool supporter but he will have bad memories of his previous match there, last season, when he scored an own goal in a 1-0 defeat.