Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says the manner of tonight’s defeat at Preston was ‘a very familiar tale’.
The Reds were beaten 1-0 at Deepdale, conceding in the second minute and failing to take any of their chances to level.
And Freedman acknowledged that the night’s events were proving a recurring theme.
He said: “It’s a very familiar tale - the story of our lives right now. We were on top for 85 minutes and in the first half had a number of opportunities to win it - golden opportunities.
“As far as creating opportunities and having most of the play goes, I can’t ask for anything more.
“The lads have given us everything tonight. It’s a case of being a little braver in the last third, which we’ll discuss tomorrow morning.”
Next up for Freedman’s men is the East Midlands derby at The City Ground on Friday night, a match Freedman can’t wait for.
The manager said: “I really want this game to come along - a big occasion on Sky. I want to show everybody exactly how well we’re playing.
“This is exactly what we need - to be put in the spotlight and see who’s up for this challenge.
“We cannot shy away. We’ve got to stick together and work through it. You get up in the morning and go again.
“These players are fully committed to the cause, we just need a little break.”