Nottingham Forest manager Gary Brazil expected a higher standard of performance from his players in the disappointing 3-2 defeat against Brentford.
The Bees raced into a 3-0 lead before a late flurry from The Reds, with Ben Brereton and Zach Clough pulling goals back, but Brazil felt the overall performance failed to match that seen on Saturday in the win over Brighton.
Brazil said: “I’m not going to pretend anything else – that, on the back of the performance on Saturday, was really disappointing. As much as I said I wasn’t enormously surprised by the result and performance on Saturday, I am surprised by that.
“We had a game plan and we knew what we had to do. I said straight after the game on Saturday that it wasn’t going to be easy; they are a good side and if you show them room they can play and they did that.
“I have to say the goals were really disappointing to concede. Having kept two clean sheets, where they started their goals from they were counter attacks. That is not what we expect from players of this standard and this level and there are no excuses.
“Everybody in the changing room is disappointed with the performance but I also have to pay Brentford credit as I thought some of their football was excellent but I think we helped them with that.
“It went wrong as we didn’t win the tackles, win the individual battles and we came out second best on too many battles. We did on Saturday and came out on top a lot and tonight too many battles were lost and you are not going to win games of football if you lose those battles.
“If we had put more pressure on earlier in the game, maybe we could have got a better outcome from it but we gave ourselves a mountain to climb. As happy as I would have been to take a point it would have been unfair on Brentford.
“We made it clear and talked about the importance of getting a good result after Saturday and talked about not being complacent. A lot of the players went back out again and were given another opportunity to play after a good result on Saturday and, from my point of view, there are things to think about and we have learnt a lot tonight. Some of it quite painful and not particularly nice but we will dust ourselves down for another big game on Saturday and I need to make sure we put the right people out on the pitch.”