Sunderland manager Roy Keane thought his side deserved nothing from Monday's Premier League clash at Manchester City.
The Wearsiders missed the chance to move four points clear of the relegation zone by losing 1-0 at Eastlands, and Keane thought his side had not shown enough quality in the match.
"I've been in football long enough to know that you have to earn the right to get something out of a game," said the former Republic of Ireland international.
"One or two balls could have broken for us in the second half but we didn't do enough. There was one bit of quality and the lad (Stephen) Ireland took it nicely.
"We were hoping to cause them one or two more problems, but we just didn't do enough. You can't fault the players' battling qualities and spirit but we need a bit more quality.
"I felt there was probably only going to be one goal in it. I knew that City would get one or two chances, the home team normally does, and they have quality going forward.
"You have to step up and make it happen, that's why we're disappointed. There was an opportunity for us to get something out of the game and we let it pass by.
"Even if we weren't going to win, we should have got something out of it. It would have been great to get a clean sheet. We did OK but that's not enough, we need more. We just need a bit more quality in the attacking third."