Paul Lambert has praised the defensive efforts of his Aston Villa side in their 2-0 defeat to Manchester City tonight.
Although Villa ended up empty handed, their manager was still pleased with the showing from his men and says that their defence stood strong against a tough test of their credentials.
City are one of the most devastating attacking teams in England on their day, but they had to wait until the latter stages of the match to get the victory.
Indeed, Villa had looked City's equals for much of the game and threatened on the counter a number of times, but goals from Yaya Toure and Sergio Aguero in the last ten minutes meant that the Midlands club had to resign themselves to defeat.
However, despite their third loss on the spin against title-chasing opposition, Lambert says that he was pleased with the efforts of his side.
"I thought it was a big effort from us, we defended strongly but they have quality all over the pitch and we were dead all over the pitch by the end," Lambert is quoted as saying by Sports Mole.
"We were in that game for 82 minutes. We have played the top four in the league last season already, but we have come through it without any of them having beaten us badly."
Villa have had a tough start to the campaign, but they have still defied the odds and remain in seventh place in the table.
Many had tipped Lambert's men to struggle against the odds, but their form has belied this opinion and they look capable of competing this season.
Although they have lost to Arsenal, Chelsea and City in their past three fixtures, Lambert's men will still be confident of having a good season and they will look to pick up points again as their run of fixtures become slightly easier.
The side take on Everton after the international break, where they will be aiming to return to winning ways.