Aston Villa manager Alex McLeish expressed his frustration following his side's defeat at Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on Monday.
A first-half brace from Emmanuel Adebayor saw the Villans lose 2-0 at White Hart Lane to remain eighth in the table on 15 points from 12 matches, just six points above the relegation zone.
After the game McLeish lamented his side's inability to dominate proceedings and admitted that Spurs were the better side.
"We started well, both halves, we went right at Spurs and had a couple of chances," he told Sky Sports.
"But we didn't retain the ball well enough, we didn't pass it well enough and the goals we lost were calamitous - we've got to defend better than that.
"We did have one or two opportunities - Gabby (Agbonlahor) had a wee chance in the second half and Parker made a great tackle.
"But they were different class, they've got great players, their speed, their athleticism - with that 11 they can be a match for anyone."