Halilhodzic commented after the match: "We had 15 shots at goal, they had four, we ran further, we had ten percent more possession, we had all the match statistics in our favour, but we lost. It's the reality of the result that really hurts us. The buck stops with me, it's the fault of Vahid, leave the players out of it," he told a press conference Thursday.
He added: "I've got no regrets over my player selection, the set-up largely dominated the game. I can never be satisfied when we lose...but I can't criticise the players for their commitment, they gave everything."
However, he highlighted one area where his team were found wanting: "There was a little bit of naivety - a more experienced team would never have conceded that goal. There are different stages of growing, no team has a smooth progression, sometimes there are little or big defeats."
With a win required over Togo - who share the foot of the table with Algeria after their 2-1 loss to Halilhodzic's former team, Côte d"Ivoire - changes are in the air. "Perhaps there will be changes in order to take risks, even if in the final 20 minutes I take a chance and stick on four strikers."
He suggested the air of euphoria back in Algeria when his team qualified had led to the creation of false expectations: "Everywhere people were saying, 'we're going to win the Nations Cup'. On my side I said we could go very far or still get knocked out in the first round. This ambition to win the competition is not unnatural, but a little artificial. It has created an atmosphere which has, in turn, created pressure. I know the Nations Cup, so I'm not surprised."