Martin O'Neill was disappointed after seeing his Aston Villa side go unrewarded for their efforts during a 1-0 home defeat at the hands of Arsenal.
A fluke strike by Abou Diaby gave the Gunners the points at Villa Park, with O'Neill believing that his side still need a win or two to make sure of Premiership survival.
He said: "We started brightly but the goal knocked us out of our stride.
"But the second half belonged to us and had we got an equalising goal we could have gone on to win it.
"I am relatively upbeat considering we have just been beaten, but being dragged into a relegation fight is still possible and we need to win some games.
"I thought we put an awful lot into the game. In the second half we were excellent.
"Overall I'm pleased with how we performed, but we did not have an ounce of luck."