Nottingham Forest manager Mark Warburton was left to rue a host of missed chances as his side were beaten 2-0 at Derby County this afternoon.
Goals from Matej Vydra and David Nugent saw the hosts to victory but Warburton was frustrated to see his players fail to take their opportunities following a display which he felt deserved better.
Speaking after the game he said: "The players are hurting. To give away a goal in the first minute is disappointing and although it was a great finish, we didn't get close enough to Vydra. We responded really well to that, we dominated the play and we created chance after chance.
"There are no excuses though as we have to take those chances. Goals change games and we can't keep coming to tough venues, dominate the game, look really good but go away with no rewards.
"I can't stand in front of our fans and say it was a good performance because we've lost 2-0 and I know how much it means to them. We've dropped three points today and, once again, we've conceded two soft goals."
Despite finding themselves a goal down in the first minute of the game, Forest hit back strongly as Barrie McKay, Kieran Dowell and Jason Cummings all passed up goalscoring chances and Warburton believed the result could and should have been different.
He said: "The message to the players was to embrace the atmosphere, to enjoy the occasion and to play their natural game. So to come out and find ourselves 1-0 down after 24 seconds was a shock to the system.
"To their credit the players responded really well. Barrie goes through one-on-one with the goalkeeper and if he scores then it's a different game because the home crowd were starting to turn on their players.
"We're not blaming individual players because we're missing chances as a team. I'm deeply frustrated for the players but also for the supporters because I know how much today meant to them. The lads are devastated that they couldn't give them the right result in such a big game."