Aston Villa midfielder Nigel Reo-Coker blamed silly mistakes for his side's surprise UEFA Cup defeat by MSK Zilina.
Villa lost 2-1 at Villa Park after goals from Vladimir Leitner and Peter Styvar gave the Slovakians a two-goal lead with only 19 minutes gone. Nathan Delfouneso pulled a goal back on his full debut and, although Villa could not find an equaliser, they still advanced to the last 32 of the competition.
"I don't think we started well enough and we made silly mistakes and from then on it was going to be an uphill struggle," Reo-Coker said. "The (changed) team was given a job to go out and perform and prove you deserve to play and we simply didn't play well enough in the first half.
"You never like to lose games but we can't let it affect us, we have an important league game on Sunday (against Everton)."
Delfouneso added on Five: "It was a nice one for myself to score on my debut. (First-team football is) a bit quicker and more physical, but I enjoyed it. Too bad there wasn't a victory."