Nottingham Forest defender Jack Robinson produced an honest assessment of The Reds' 2-0 defeat at Birmingham City.
Martin O'Neill's men were undone by a goal in each half at St Andrew's and Robinson said he and his teammates didn't deserve to take anything away from the contest.
Speaking after the game he said: "It was a poor performance. I think we dominated the second half but we just haven't been able to get that goal. Sloppy defending in the first half cost us and they went 1-0 up and then although we played well in the second half, we just couldn't get the goal.
"If you look back on our last eight or nine games, we haven't created the amount of chances we should have. It's tough to take anything from a game when we're not taking our chances but it's something we've got to learn from.
"Obviously we've got new signings who need to settle in but hopefully that will happen quickly because we need some performances on the board. We've had a bad run recently and if we don't change things then we'll drop further down the league table."
Forest will aim to get back on track when they host Brentford at The City Ground next weekend and Robinson says if they are to keep their play-off hopes alive then they have to start picking up results.
He said: "If you look at the Leeds and Wigan games then they have been the exceptions. Overall it hasn't been good enough for a while now and we haven't performed to levels we know we can and we need to put that right.
"In this league it's so difficult because you only have to lose one or two games and you drop right down so we need to put an end to this bad run and start pushing back up the table over the next few weeks."