Michael Mancienne said Nottingham Forest's second-half performance deserved something from the game at Bristol City yesterday.
The Reds went into the break 2-0 down at Ashton Gate but fought back and were unlucky not to snatch a point.
Speaking after the game, Mancienne said: "It was very frustrating; we weren't at the races in the first half but we came out in the second half and we should have done to them what they did to us.
"If we had started like that then we would have won the game. The lads are disappointed and frustrated to have lost 2-1, knowing how we played in the second half."
Marlon Pack and Joe Bryan goals put The Robins into the lead at the break and Mancienne revealed that harsh words at half time spurred Forest on.
He added: "I think we probably gave them too much respect in the first half, then we all gave each other a rollicking in the dressing room and we were all up for it. We pressed them higher and as a team and it was better all-round.
"Tyler was a little bit unlucky and if we scored that chance we could have gone on to win the game.
"We gave ourselves a mountain to climb but the boys showed great character in the second half to fight on, to not concede, get a goal back and we were unlucky not to get that second goal."