Paul Lambert criticised the "ridiculous" goal Aston Villa conceded in their 1-0 defeat to Manchester City but remains confident of survival.
Villa put in a spirited display with Christian Benteke seeing a header cleared off the line early on.
But an error from captain Ciaran Clark saw him slip under pressure from Edin Dzeko, allowing Carlos Tevez to score the only goal of the game.
"I thought we played well enough in spells," Lambert told Sky Sports.
"We had a right good go at it and had one or two half chances such as when Christian had one cleared off the line. We gave them a game that's for sure but the goal was ridiculous.
"I don't think it's a foul [by Dzeko on Clark]. I know what Ciaran is trying to do but you don't take a chance like that when there are only two of you at the back. You can't make that mistake.
"But Clarky has been great for me. You've got to hold your hand up and come back strongly. Over the course of the season he's played to a really high standard. He...