Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton said The Reds need to stand up and be counted when they take on Cardiff City on Easter Monday.
Forest travel to South Wales looking to bounce back from the defeat against Blackburn on Good Friday and Warburton hopes his side can show more quality than they did against Rovers.
He said: “The preparation was good, the intensity was good and they trained well through the course of the week. We started the game well and moved the ball quickly but I thought we were loose, gave the ball away in key areas and we didn’t show enough quality to get the rewards. We didn’t deserve to win the game of football; we didn’t deserve to lose it either in truth, but on our home patch we need to go out and get the points.
“A win would have given us some daylight, some breathing space, but the players didn’t take that opportunity. There is no feeling sorry for yourself and we have to buck up and take responsibility as one big group and prepare for a tough game on Monday.
“Cardiff got beat by Sheffield Wednesday and they will be keen to deliver a good home performance. We know the threat they pose and we have to prepare well and go there and stand up.”
Forest have struggled on the road this season, picking up just two wins all season, and Warburton doesn’t think that comes into it when his side travels away from home.
He said: “The away form I have seen has been Preston, where we put in an excellent performance and should have got all three points and were unlucky to only get one, and at Wolves where we didn’t do enough to win but did enough not to lose it.
“The away form, as far as I am concerned, the players have nothing to worry about in that respect. It is not your venue; Cardiff will be tough on their own patch but we look forward to the challenge.
“There are four huge games coming up but we have to take it one at a time. We know it is Cardiff, Reading, QPR and then Ipswich. We know what we have to do points-wise. There is no doubt it is disappointing to lose on your own patch in that manner and we have to recognise it.”