Leyton Orient manager Russell Slade couldn't hide his disappointment after the 3-1 defeat to relegation battlers Bristol City.
City had stunned their opponents with two goals in the opening 12 minutes at Brisbane Road through Sam Baldock and Tyrone Barnett before Kevin Lisbie reduced the deficit just before half-time on Tuesday night.
Orient threatened to find an equaliser after dominating affairs after the interval until a third City goal scuppered their hopes when Aden Flint capitalised on an error by goalkeeper Shwan Jalal to seal the points in League One.
Slade said: "We are naturally really disappointed.
"All credit to Bristol City but in the first half, I thought we were really poor. I thought we then came into the game and in the second half I thought we were excellent.
"Unfortunately we conceded a goal with 15 minutes to go which has probably clinched it for them even though we tried to rally to get ourselves back into the game.
"We were unfortunate not to get back in it at 2-1 because it was one-way traffic at that stage.
"A few harsh words were said in our dressing room at half-time and a few individuals needed to know. The goals we conceded were not characteristic of us, they were poor goals. The first one is a one-on-one, the second goal is a set play and the third is an error as well.
"They are not goals you want to be conceding if you want to be in with a shout for a slot in the Championship. You can't concede goals like that."