Nottingham Forest winger Gil Dias said that Burton Albion deserved to progress to the next round after they defeated The Reds 3-2 at the Pirelli Stadium in the Carabao Cup.
A goal from Jake Hesketh and a brace from Scott Fraser was enough to knock Forest out of the competition, and Dias admitted that they were not good enough on the night.
He said: "We wanted to pass this round to make the quarter-finals but we haven't made it, so all the team are sad.
"I think Burton deserved to win the game because as a team we didn't play very well and were too soft. They played better than us and they deserved to win the game."
The Reds will quickly turn their attentions to Saturday's Sky Bet Championship game against Sheffield United at The City Ground and Dias said they will begin work to secure a better result.
He said: "Now we need to go to the Sheffield United game which is going to be an important game for us, so we need to start work for it. We work everyday to make sure every time it is a top performance but today was not the day and we will work on Saturday because today we did not give a good image.
"They (Sheffield United) are going to try and play in our half but we are playing at home, so we are going to try and win the game."
The Forest man was also full of praise for Arvin Appiah, who impressed on his first-team debut, scoring a late goal to give The Reds a glimmer of hope at the end.
He said: "It was his first match with the first-team and he scored so it is very good for him. He is a good player, young, fast and strong and he is going to be a top player."