Mario Melchiot and Matthew Upson leapt to the defence of Emile Heskey after the striker became Birmingham's seventh red-card statistic of the campaign.
The club record signing was controversially dismissed for two bookable offences by referee Mike Riley and was restrained by manager Steve Bruce and other staff members as he vented his spleen.
Heskey was still visibly bristling as left the stadium and wisely chose not to comment, for fear of landing himself in further hot water.
The England international was cautioned for inadvertently catching Philippe Senderos with a high kick whilst watching the ball and then dismissed for bundling over Mathieu Flamini in an aerial challenge.
Bruce claimed it was a 'harsh' decision while his team-mates also perceived Riley's decision to be unfair.
"I think Emile went for the ball twice and he wasn't looking at the man," said Melchiot. "When you make fouls and you look at people and try to hurt them, it is a different situation. He had his eyes on the ball."
Upson was far more effusive over Riley's brandishing of a red card and questioned whether either incident warranted a caution.
"I thought the first booking was a bit harsh. Emile was watching the ball over his shoulder and he has lifted his foot up, not even to head height, just to bring the ball down and he can't see where Senderos is," he explained.
"It is a genuine attempt to play the ball. He has caught Senderos with his studs, but that is part of being a centre-half.
"I can't understand how the referee can say that is a booking because I don't think the foot was massively high.
"The second one was an aerial challenge and maybe the lad got the ball ahead of him; but it was no more than an aerial challenge and I think he has got every right to be disappointed about the sending-off."
Nevertheless, despite the defeat and Heskey's dismissal, Melchiot contends that there is still a positive vibe emanating from the Birmingham camp.
The Holland international is a confident individual and has always stated his belief that survival will be achieved this season.
He reasoned that there could have been a different outcome in this encounter had Jiri Jarosik's sweetly-struck dive evaded goalkeeper Jens Lehmann after just five minutes.
"The game could have been different if we had scored early," said Melchiot.
"Their first goal was a bit fortunate but, for the second, Thierry Henry timed his run perfectly.
"It was a good through ball and he showed his qualities. I don't think Henry showed his best in the whole game and I think he can definitely show more than he did.
"But he is a striker and he always scores goals, so he will always get judged on that. His finish was very good.
"We are a little bit down because we thought we had a good chance of challenging them.
"It hasn't knocked our confidence because I don't think we played that badly. We missed our opportunities and there were a couple of times in the penalty area where the ball didn't bounce for us."