West Brom boss Steve Clarke credited his players for their resolve in the 3-2 defeat at home to Manchester City.
Albion went three goals down as Sergio Aguero scored early before a Yaya Toure brace, the second of which came from the spot, looked to have sewn the game up for the visitors.
But the Baggies caused a late scare for Manuel Pellegrini and his men as Costel Pantilimon's own goal and a Victor Anichebe strike reduced the deficit to a solitary goal.
Clarke had no complaints about the result but was pleased with his team and felt the eventual scoreline was a fair reflection of the match.
"The first thing to say is they are a really good team," said Clarke. "We wanted to stay in the game for as long as possible but they managed to get away with the two goals in the first half.
"That makes it really difficult when you're playing against a good team. You can risk a little to get back in the game but if you risk too much you end up doing serious damage to your goal difference.
"So we tried our best to get back into the game in the second half. It was a game where it had to go 2-1 and if it had done at any stage in the second half that would have given us a fighting chance.
"The third goal from the penalty is a bad goal to concede and that more or less killed it.
"But credit to our players. We kept going and got our reward with the two goals which, in my opinion, puts a fairer reflection on the balance of the play."