Boss Paul Lambert hailed the fight and determination of his players in the loss to Man City.
Lambert was pleased with the way his team competed against the champions elect for over an hour.
Eventually, City's class shone through although Lambert insisted that the claret and blue injury list played a big part in the final score.
He said: "I thought we did fantastic. I really did, especially in that first hour we were excellent.
"We were frustrating them. The game plan was working fantastically well.
"I knew we wouldn't come here and dominate the ball. We had to play counter-attacking.
"Obviously Andi had a chance. We had a spell. We just couldn't get a goal.
"Moments like that, you have to take them.
"We were good in that first half. We had some little chances to score.
"I couldn't ask any more. They gave me absolutely everything.
"The realistic thing is that the injury list to our big players is huge. We had to bring in two lads from the academy.
"We have had some major injuries with Libor Kozak, Christian Benteke and Jores Okore and tonight we were missing Gabby Agbonlahor and Marc Albrighton. It was too much for us.
"But effort-wise, I couldn't fault them.
"I was very proud of the effort. They gave me everything they had. It was a big, big effort.
"The edginess was starting to set in for Man City. You look at the players they have got and the squad they have got. They are going for the title.
"I am proud of my own team."
On the title race, he added: "Man City are in the driving seat. You never know.
"Liverpool will have a go at it, I'm pretty sure.
"On the last day of the season, anything can happen."
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