Roy Hodgson was disappointed with the "cheap" goals West Brom gave away as Chelsea ran out 3-1 winners.
The former Liverpool boss remains positive that his side have what it takes to stay in the top-flight despite still being three away from that elusive 42-point cushion.
And they could have had that cushion in the encounter against the defending champions when Peter Odemwingie finished smartly over Petr Cech to put the Baggies 1-0 up at The Hawthorns.
However the Albion boss was unhappy with the way his side conceded in what was a devastating response from the Blues with two goals in four minutes of each other and a third on the stroke of half-time.
"I didn't think that we played very well in the first half, I think that we were not as tight as we'd been defensively," he told Sky Sports.
"I think that we gave away rather cheap goals as well. That meant at half-time we were staring down the barrel of a gun.
"We knew we were going to be up against it but second half the players did do quite well to at least play 0-0 in the second half and at least made sure that we kept a reasonable scoreline."
The Baggies slipped down one place in the league table to 11th and stuck on 39 points for the time being, however Hodgson remained confident they would survive the drop.
He added: "We do know that West Ham once got relegated on 42 points so as far as we're concerned we'll be trying to do our best in each of the games and if we get to 42 points before the end of the season, we'll be trying to get to 43 and above."