Bolton Wanderers boss Owen Coyle admitted that his side had been well below their best in a 1-0 home defeat by Aston Villa which left the Trotters still sweating over the threat of relegation.
Coyle's side are still five points clear of the bottom three, but in need of a win or two to ensure their Premier League survival.
"Overall, as a group, we never attained the standard I'd expect," Coyle commented after the loss to Villa.
"That's what is disappointing because we had a good opportunity to win three points and put ourselves in a very good position in the league, but we've allowed it to pass us by.
"We recognise there are still points to be earned.
"We recognise we were below the level we had previously performed at, which is a fair assessment, but it certainly wasn't because we felt we had enough points, that's for sure.
"After this defeat we'll regroup and get our ourselves ready for the next game, which is the small matter of playing at Chelsea."