Kieran Richardson believes that a slow start was the reason behind Aston Villa's defeat to Everton at the weekend.
Villa went down 3-0 to the Toffees, without every really threatening, and Richardson feels the side's failure to come out all guns blazing was very costly.
Goals from Phil Jagielka, Romelu Lukaku and Seamus Coleman secured the three points for the Merseyside outfit and Richardson gave his reasons for the defeat today.
"We started very slow. We weren't on the pace from the get-go and that showed as we were 1-0 down at half-time," he said to Villa's official site.
"They were three sloppy goals but that's football. We have to move on."
"It was a bad day at the office. But we could have stopped the three goals. They were sloppy goals."
"We know we need to get back to winning ways. The last four games we've lost on the bounce."
"Obviously we have played the top sides - Everton this weekend are a team who finished fifth last season. They are a very good side."
"But we have to look at ourselves and hopefully get some points on the board next week."
Villa have still made a good start despite this latest defeat, but they will know that they need to return to winning ways soon.
Paul Lambert's men started the campaign in blistering form, but four defeats in a row have punctured their momentum.
It means that their game against rock-bottom QPR next week is a very important one, but Richardson feels it could be a tough test.
"We have a big game coming up against QPR and we have to get back to winning ways and get some points on the board," he said.
"In the Barclays Premier League there is no easy game. Everyone needs the three points. QPR need the points as well."
"It will be tough but we have a good set of lads, good manager, good coach and we're confident."