Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce believes his side gifted victory to Birmingham City this afternoon.
The Reds were beaten 3-1 at The City Ground, Britt Assombalonga claiming a late consolation after David Cotterill and Clayton Donaldson had fired the Blues into a 3-0 first-half lead.
And Pearce was left infuriated by the manner in which his side conceded the goals after making a promising start to the match.
He said: “It was probably one of those games where if I hadn’t seen it with my own eyes I wouldn’t have believed it. We started the game reasonably brightly and I think we had enough efforts at the opposition’s goal to win a couple of games.
“But we conceded three horrible, horrible goals and paid the penalty accordingly. Myself and Steve Wigley spoke with the players after the game and said ‘Look, it’s time to roll our sleeves up and man up a little bit.’
“I don’t want to take any credit away from Birmingham, but I thought they didn’t deserve to win the game today but came away with a ‘charitable donation’ from Nottingham Forest.”
Despite the scoreline, Pearce received backing from the stands throughout.
He said: “I’m a very, very fortunate person. The crowd being like they are at this football club have sheltered the players from grief because they support me. But that won’t continue.
“The performances are not good and it frustrates the life out of me. They know it hurts me.
“But it’s down to me to make sure we improve steadily as a group.”