Nottingham Forest midfielder Pajtim Kasami says The Reds were made to pay for their profligacy in front of goal during yesterday's 2-0 defeat at Reading.
Kasami and his teammates had plenty of opportunities to find the back of the net at the Madejski Stadium and the Swiss midfielder believes those missed chances came back to haunt them as goals from Garath McCleary and Chris Gunter sealed victory for The Royals.
He said: "We created a lot of chances, we should have scored and that is what has cost us in the end. If you saw the first ten minutes we did very well and although the goal seemed to hit us hard, we carried on and never gave up.
"We had a real attacking threat but unfortunately we were unable to take those opportunities. At the other end we conceded two really disappointing goals but we have to take the positives from what we did and get ready for QPR."
The defeat in Berkshire has upped the pressure on head coach Philippe Montanier but Kasami insists the players are to blame for the recent poor run of form, something they will hope to rectify next weekend when Queens Park Rangers visit The City Ground.
He said: "Only we can change our fortunes. We're in a really bad run at the moment but only by sticking together can we come out on the other side. We know we need a win against QPR and we have to be positive and go and get it.
"Everyone at the club is concerned about our league position but if we are too negative about it then that isn't going to help us. We have to stay upbeat, keep trying to lift confidence and show the qualities that we have in this team."