Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce was disappointed with his players’ showing in this afternoon’s 2-1 defeat at the Cardiff City Stadium.
Britt Assombalonga scored late on to give The Reds hope of avoiding their first league defeat of the season, but Cardiff stood firm.
Speaking after the match, Pearce told Forest Player: “I don’t think we showed enough desire to win the game and we got exactly what we deserved.
“I said to the players if you don’t put the effort, the desire and the drive in man for man all over the pitch, you come away with results like that.
“We had opportunities in the game but on the day we weren’t good enough across the board. “I’m disappointed for the players. They’ve lost an unbeaten record and they didn’t do themselves credit today.”
Pearce isn’t getting carried away with the defeat, however, and hopes to see an improved display when he takes his side to face Watford on Tuesday night.
He said: “Even when we were winning game after game I said we should be judged at the end of the season. That will be exactly the same.
“We have a big game on Tuesday and the players have to show me they’re prepared to roll their sleeves up and come out fighting.”