Jlloyd Samuel has no doubts that Aston Villa should have taken three points against Newcastle United but the 2-1 defeat merely emphasises their failings at home, their injury crisis, and their lack of confidence.
Villa might have won had it not been for the performance of Shay Given, the Newcastle goalkeeper, who saved a penalty from Milan Baros. But Villa only have themselves to blame for missing a string of good chances late on.
"On another day most of those would have gone in," Samuel said. "The first half wasn't a very good performance and we knew what we had to do second half.
"We tried to turn it around but couldn't get the goal we deserved. We battered their goal non-stop but it didn't go in and that's sometimes the frustration of football. You think you deserve more and it didn't happen."
Villa have won just three home Premiership matches this season, a statistic that baffles Samuel. Unlike previous seasons, when Villa Park was almost a fortress, Villa are performing better away.
"Only three home wins isn't good enough but we've got to look forward and try to do what we've been doing in the past and put it right," he said.
On the positive front, Samuel is relishing the chance to play first-team football again.
"Right now, I'm just playing here and we will have to see what happens," Samuel said. "My contract is up the season after next. The club have not come forward but I'm not in a rush to sign."
Despite the loss, the plus for Villa was that seven of those who played on Saturday came through their youth system.
"Although we didn't have a full strength team, the lads who came in did well," Samuel said. "Luke Moore has scored five in three games. He is putting himself about and getting in the right positions.
"He is a good player and hopefully he can keep going forward and keep driving on."