Nottingham Forest head coach Philippe Montanier was left to rue eight second-half minutes this afternoon as his side slipped to defeat at Bristol City.
The Reds had looked in control of the game and led through Apostolos Vellios' first-half opener but goals from Tammy Abraham and Jamie Paterson turned the game on its head and left Montanier counting the cost of individual errors.
He said: “It is very tough for us to accept this defeat. We’ve played very well for 80 minutes but have given the ball away too easily and if you do that then the opponent will always have chances. It's a very disappointing day.
"In some areas of the game we've done well but the only statistic that matters is the scoreline. We have defended fairly well throughout the game but the little moments are costing us right now.
“They played very direct in the second half and they pushed to get an equaliser. Ten minutes after half-time we regained control and looked okay but unfortunately two mistakes have cost us and we're left with nothing."
Forest now face a two-week break as the international fixtures take place and Montanier has promised that the squad will put in plenty of hours to fix the problems that are currently blighting their season.
He said: “There has to be a different Nottingham Forest after the international break. We need it and the supporters deserve it. We will work very hard throughout the break to make sure we are much better when we return.
“We have to be more solid in the second half of matches. We conceded twice in the second half against Sheffield Wednesday and once against Fulham and we haven’t learnt from those moments in today's game.
“Hildeberto Pereira picked up a hamstring injury in training yesterday and that ruled him out of today’s game. But he will be back after the international break and we expect Britt Assombalonga to come back as well."