Nigel Clough admitted his Derby team did not reach the standard they are capable of as they drew 2-2 at Reading.
The Rams led on two occasions via goals from Theo Robinson and Tomasz Cywka but Adam Le Fondre pegged them back each time to claim a match saving brace.
Clough, who signed a new contract this week, would have liked to have celebrated with a win and was filled with mixed emotions as his team were held at the Madejski Stadium.
"I don't think we played very well tonight, particularly first half," he said.
"But to get in the lead twice away from home and to give it away in five minutes is very disappointing.
"We're delighted with the point and, with the team we had out tonight, it's a brilliant point.
"It's just tinged with disappointment because of the ways we've conceded and the manner in which we've conceded them.
"One thing we have done this season when we've got a lead is looked after it better than that.
"We didn't look after it well enough tonight."
Clough was particularly disappointed with the nature of Reading's second equaliser, before which Hal Robson-Kanu had time and space on the left flank to search out the forehead of Le Fondre.
And the Rams boss picked out a couple of his players for direct criticism.
"Russell Anderson for some reason has gone overlapping in the 77th minute away from home. It's one of those things as a team we'll learn and it's about not letting your team-mates make mistakes," he said.
"Mark O'Brien should be telling his mate not to go anywhere at all in the 77th minute when you're 2-1 up away from home.
"He doesn't have to go and the cross has gone in from his position and he's not there."
Reading boss Brian McDermott was frustrated not to claim the win, but he looked back on a successful three days for his side.
The Royals won 1-0 at Burnley on Saturday to extend their unbeaten streak to six games, and McDermott reflected on a point gained rather than two lost.
"At 0-0 it never looked like a 2-2 game and, from our point of view, we're disappointed that they've had two shots and scored two," he said.
"Credit to our players, we're 1-0 down and 2-1 down late on and Alfie (Le Fondre) has got a couple of terrific goals.
"We've tried to win it but we couldn't quite nick it. But we've nicked it at
Burnley so the return in the week is four points, we're unbeaten in six and we'll move on to Southampton."