Aston Villa manager Gerard Houllier was pleased with aspects of his side's performance in the 2-1 defeat at Tottenham.
After Marc Albrighton had given Villa the lead with a close-range goal after superb play by the much-maligned Emile Heskey, Spurs needed two goals by the in-form Rafael van der Vaart to register an important victory.
However, former Liverpool boss Houllier said after watching his side slump to their first defeat since he was installed as manager last month: "I've got mixed feelings because, at the same time that I'm proud of their performance, I'm disappointed with the result.
"A more fair result would have been a draw.
"The only thing we can blame ourselves for is probably the fact that we didn't take our chances. A couple of times, we could have sealed the game.
"Spurs are a good side, a good team, they finished fourth last season. On the back of their win against Twente, obviously they have a lot of confidence.
"I thought van der Vaart was outstanding but Peter Crouch was good as well."