Steve Bruce insists "there is a long way to go and a long winter ahead" after Aston Villa's winning run was halted at Molineux.
Villa were second best as Wolverhampton Wanderers climbed to the top of the Championship table with a 2-0 victory.
Diogo Jota and Leo Bonatini did the damage with second-half goals and Bruce admitted Wolves were the better team.
But after Villa's revival before the international break, the manager will not dwell on the defeat with 34 games left to play.
"There's a long, long way to go, a long winter ahead, all to play for still, there's still 30 odd games," said Bruce.
"It's a defeat and we have to accept the defeat because on the night they were better than us and we have to go again.
"They played very well on the night, I have to say the best team won we have to be honest about it.
"We found it very difficult, especially just after half-time.
"But they played some very good football and up the top end of the pitch they're a threat.
"Today we didn't have enough ourselves going the other way to pose a threat to them, which was the disappointing thing.
"I didn't think we did enough to stop them, certainly defensively. We didn't look after the ball well enough when we had the opportunity, especially at the top end of the pitch."