Nottingham Forest manager Dougie Freedman says he couldn't have asked any more of his players in this afternoon's match against Hull City.
The Reds were beaten 1-0 by the Tigers at The City Ground
, Abel Hernandez's first-half goal enough to earn his side the three points.
But, despite the result, Freedman had no complaints with his team's display.
The manager said: "That was an outstanding performance, especially in the first 35 minutes. I thought we were excellent. We controlled the game and played at a really high tempo.
"Throughout the game we created a lot of opportunities. It was a very creditable performance. I've got to be disappointed with the result and the nature of the goal but we felt we deserved more out of the game.
"The performances are there, there's no doubt about it. We just need a little bit more concentration when we haven't got the ball and from set pieces, and that little bit of belief to get that first goal."
Hull's line-up was awash with players possessing top-flight experience and Freedman believes that know-how helped Steve Bruce's team secure the victory.
He said: "They are Premier League players. They got in the right holes and they blocked a few things up for us. But our commitment, our energy, our style - playing for the jersey - I cannot ask any more of my players.
"Did they give 110%? Yes they did. Did Hull have a little bit more nous? Yes they did, because they've played in the Premier League. That's something you can only gain from experience."