Nottingham Forest midfielder Matty Cash says The Reds were full of endeavour and determination but a lack of quality cost them in their 2-0 defeat at Sheffield United.
Forest were made to battle hard with ten men at Bramall Lane following Yohan Benalouane's 47th-minute red card and Cash admits it was a tough assignment on a warm day in South Yorkshire.
Speaking after the game he said: "Sheffield United are a really good side to be fair and they made it really tough for us. We were right in the game and unfortunately going down to ten men made it difficult but we had chances in the first half which we should have taken that could have changed it.
"With an extra man we knew they were going to have loads of the ball in the second half and they like to overload in certain areas and they made it tough for us. We worked really hard with ten men though and I think we showed great determination to stay in the game.
"It was a tight game but having ten men wasn't the reason we lost. They are a good side and although we showed glimpses of what we can do, it's frustrating that we haven't taken our chances but now we have to move on quickly to a big game on Monday."
Forest could have pointed to a decision which went against them in the first half when Jack Colback was denied a penalty by referee Andrew Madley but Cash says they can't afford to dwell on that disappointment.
He said: "I was stood right near it and I thought it was a penalty. From what I saw, he's clearly clipped Jack as he went into the box but that's football and sometimes decisions like that go against you. It's annoying that that decision will end Jack's season as well.
"It was really hard work in the second half because they moved the ball really well but we've got to pick ourselves up, win the last three games of the season and end it on a positive note."