Birmingham City manager Steve Cotterill has admitted that his side did not possess the necessary belief as they went down to a 2-0 defeat to city rivals Aston Villa on Sunday.
Cotterill, whose side sit two points above the Championship relegation zone, said that his team had chances to take the lead in the first period.
"[The difference was] quality, experience and belief," the manager told reporters at a press conference. "We have been in form as well but we are not talking about an average team here today.
"I thought a few of our boys today didn't look like they have the belief to play in that game. If Sam's shot goes in that might have given us a bit more belief coming in [at half time]."
Birmingham face Millwall in their next league game.