Aston Villa manager Martin O'Neill accepted that his side had struggled to get going in the 1-1 local derby draw with Wolves at Molineux.
The visitors eventually hit the front 11 minutes from time through Gabriel Agbonlahor, but Villa were pegged back soon after when Sylvan Ebanks-Blake levelled from the penalty spot.
O'Neill told the club's official website:"We didn't play well in the first half. We couldn't get it down and play it.
"Maybe it's because it was a derby game, but there wasn't a great deal of football played in the first half.
"This was always going to be a tough game for us. It was a derby match for a start which makes it hard in itself.
"We were playing against a side who are playing with plenty of spirit and enthusiasm. But I was disappointed we didn't get to grips with the game early on.
"I thought we improved significantly in the second, got stronger defensively, looked as if we were able to cope and limited them to very little.
"Having played so well in the last couple of games, having gone into this game with loads of confidence, and wanting to impose ourselves quickly, we didn't do that and that was the disappointment."