Kevin Keegan said he would not blame Sun Jihai for the own goal which sent
Manchester City crashing to their third Premiership defeat in succession.
The Chinese full-back was caught out by Gaizka Mendieta's 29th-minute cross and prodded past startled Danish goalkeeper Kevin Stuhr-Ellegaard
"It isn't an issue. As far as I am concerned he is completely blameless," said Keegan.
"There's no way he could do anything about it.
It was just a bizarre own goal."
In a remarkable game, City saw their barren run without a goal extend to almost seven-and-a-half hours - despite dominating from start to finish.
"I have never been involved in a game like that," admitted Keegan.
"They didn't have a shot or a corner, yet they have got the three points. It was an incredible match and it is hard to believe the result.
"Chances have gone begging at the end but I don't think the players could have given me any more."
Keegan said he expected David Seaman, who missed the game through a hamstring strain, to be fit again soon.
"We will find out (on Monday) what damage David has done, although I am quite
confident it is nothing serious," said Keegan.