As a defender, Olof Mellberg took it personally that Bolton Wanderers scored twice in two minutes on Saturday.
The damage was not too great - the draw was a fair result - but you could see it in the eyes.
"It was disappointing to concede the two goals," the Villa captain said. "That is all they had in the first half, basically. They are a big team and from set pieces and throw-ins is how they score all their goals in a season. Unfortunately, we conceded two in the first half.
"They had a couple of better chances in the second half. We had our chances as well. I cannot say that we are pleased with a point.
"I felt good and better and better the longer the game went on. I thought we had a good game together. We won the battle with Kevin Davies, even though he scored. Martin Laursen did well and we worked well together at the centre of defence."
Mellberg was impressed with the debuts of Aaron Hughes and Kevin Phillips, who each had a hand in both Villa goals.
M e l l b e r g said: "Aaron did not make a single mistake for the whole game, both defending and attacking. He also set up the first goal. Kevin kept the ball well
for us and even won a lot of headers against the big defenders and scored a goal.
"Steven Davis also did well in midfield. We controlled the game. They never looked to be dangerous in normal play, just set pieces.
Davis is a quiet lad but he works hard and always does his job. He is still young and last season was his first. I think he can still improve."
Villa travel to Manchester-United on Saturday and Mellberg knows the players must raise their standards against one of the title favourites.
"The match will be a completely different game. They won at Everton and played well so that will be a test. I scored at Old Trafford three seasons ago, in a 1-1 draw. Diego Forlan scored the equaliser, which I think was his first United goal. We can do the same again, and draw, sure we can. We have got to be more consistent within the game.
"We can't afford to play as badly as we do sometimes. We've got to have a very high lowest level when you play the big sides. You can't dominate all the time against Manchester United. You've got to look not to concede. You've got to be strong and solid as a unit.
"I am more optimistic for this season. The club is stronger. It's kept what it wanted to keep and added a few players and those players did well today.
"The top half, that's where Villa has got to be."