Manchester City manager Roberto Mancini insists he is not a magician following his side's defeat to Everton.
City were easily beaten 2-0 by the Toffees at Goodison Park which condemned them to their first loss under their new Italian boss.
Some had suggested earlier in the week that the Eastlands outfit could possibly challenge for the title this season, although such claims were exposed as blind optimism after they were outplayed on Merseyside.
Mancini, who had previously guided City to four successive wins after taking over from Mark Hughes in December, says he cannot be expected to turn the team around in just one month.
"I am not a magician," he said. "I am a manager and I do not think I can change the situation in a month.
"But I believe we can improve game after game. That is possible.
"It is a long season."
Mancini also said Everton's first-half penalty, dispatched by French striker Louis Saha, should not have been given.
Micah Richards blatantly pulled on Saha's shirt inside the box but the Italian thinks such tussles are not worthy of a spot-kick.
"For me it was not a penalty," he added. "You do not see it given for this reason in England - maybe in Italy.
"If this is a penalty then there are five, six, seven, eight (per game).
"But we have to accept that Everton played very well and better than us."
Speculation will once again surround City's Brazilian attacker Robinho after he was taken off, despite being brought on as a substitute for the injured Roque Santa Cruz in the early stages of the game.
The Samba star has continually been linked with a move away from Eastlands, with Barcelona touted as the most likely destination, and his withdrawal at Goodison will only serve to fuel those rumours.
However, Mancini claims that this is not the end of Robinho's career at the club.
"I had (Craig) Bellamy, Benjani (Mwaruwari), (Carlos) Tevez, Robinho - all strikers - so I decided to take one off," he remarked.
"I needed a different kind of player.
"Is it the end of the line for Robinho? No. He is a good player. Like everyone in the squad he needs to work hard and play well."