Nottingham Forest midfielder Ben Watson says The Reds didn't get close enough to Brentford in the first half of their 2-1 defeat at Griffin Park.
Watson believes Forest would have taken something from the contest in West London if they had produced their second-half performance for the entire 90 minutes.
Speaking after the game he said: "It was a game of two halves really. In the first half we probably showed them a bit too much respect, we never pressed the ball well enough and allowed them to settle into their game and then to go 1-0 down just before half-time was disappointing.
"Second half we got amongst them, caused a few mistakes and managed to get a fortunate goal and after we equalised we looked like the team on top and the team who was threatening.
"Their winning goal was a killer for us. We didn't stop the cross, it has taken a little deflection and the lad has put it away which was gutting. We've got to take the positives from the second half, go and rest up well and come out fighting after the international break."
The Reds have stuttered at the start of the Sky Bet Championship campaign but Watson insists calm heads are required when reacting to a first defeat of the season.
He s"In the Championship you're going to win some games and you're going to lose some. What is important is how we react to this and how we use the two weeks of training to get ready for a really busy schedule after we come back from the break.
"It's a mixed start for us. I know everyone thought that because we pumped some money in that we were going to romp the league but anyone who has played in this league knows that that just wasn't ever going to be the case.
"It takes time, we've got a whole new squad including some players who've never played in England and this is only our first defeat. In every game there have been positives and negatives for us but the key is to keep working hard and improving."