Birmingham City manager Alex McLeish admitted his side put in a rare lacklustre performance in their 1-0 defeat at Wolves on Sunday.
The scoreline could have been worse, but for some brilliant goalkeeping by Ben Foster who put in a sublime display at Molineux.
The England goalkeeper was helpless, however, to stop Stephen Hunt's point-blank finish at the near post from Sylvan Ebanks-Blake's low cross on the stroke of half-time, a strike which put Wolves within one point of safety.
Blues never really operated through the gears and were firmly second best all afternoon, leaving them still without an away win since March. They failed to manage a single shot on target throughout the match.
McLeish admitted his side's lack of fight was uncharacteristic as they suffered only a second defeat in nine games.
"We never really started until the substitutes came on," he said. "We had a go at Wolves then and it was the first time we pinned them back.
"But I think you have to give Wolves a lot of credit, they lost some key players and I didn't know whether psychologically that put some complacency in [our] heads.
"But at the same time I did say to the players that Wolves really had a cause today, the fact they're in the bottom three is one and then losing those big players I'm sure gave every other player an extra 10%.
"It was a poor performance. If you've seen us in all our games this season you'll see that was out of character but you have to give Wolves credit."
McLeish played down Foster's heroics, claiming: "He made some saves, I need to have a look at how brilliant they were. I thought there were a lot of routine saves there."
Wolves manager Mick McCarthy responded: "He's a very good 'keeper and if they're routine then fabulous, but he kept them out of the net whether they're routine or great saves.
"Wayne (Hennessey) hasn't even made one routine save."