Manager Gianfranco Zola claimed his West Ham United side were better than Saturday's 4-1 defeat at Chelsea suggested.
The struggling Hammers were level with the Premier League leaders at the break after Scott Parker equalised Alex's opener at Stamford Bridge.
However, Florent Malouda and two-goal Didier Drogba added a final gloss to the scoreline which Zola claimed was scarcely deserved.
"For the way we played, the way we worked, 4-1 doesn't in my opinion reflect a fair result," he explained.
"Probably they deserved to win because obviously Chelsea is a good team and they produced some good chances, good football, but 4-1 I think is too much for my team."
Meanwhile, Zola has reiterated his assertion that the Hammers have enough ability in their ranks not to be dragged into the relegation dogfight.
He added: "We know that we are not in a safe zone, we know that.
"But we are confident that we have enough in our bag and we are determined to leave that position quick."