Jack Hobbs has slammed his side's first-half performance against Fulham on Nottingham Forest's official site.
The Reds lost 3-2 to Fulham last night and Hobbs felt that their poor opening to the match had been to blame for the defeat.
Forest found themselves 3-0 down within 35 minutes at Craven Cottage, after failing to get out of the traps, and Hobbs was furious with their performance levels - deeming them unacceptable.
“It must have been one of the worst first halves we’ve had this season," he said. "We gave ourselves way too much to do and the manner in which we played wasn’t acceptable."
“We’ve had a few slow starts this season. I can’t put my finger on why. We need to make more tackles, be more disciplined, communicate more, get in people’s faces."
Hobbs' return from injury has been a major boost in what has been a disappointing season so far for Stuart Pearce's men, but even he hasn't been able to entirely sort out their poor defending.
Although the Reds were able to claim a win against Derby County at the weekend, this defeat puts than back to square one and it appears to have extinguished all hopes of them making the playoffs.
Pearce's side have won just three times in their last 22 matches and that is simply not good enough for a team that went into the campaign as promotion favourites.
Forest are currently 10 points behind the top-six and only a remarkable run of form between now and May will see them close that gap.