Nottingham Forest manager Stuart Pearce warned it was time for his side to "man up" after a 3-1 home defeat to Birmingham City.The visitors scored three goals in the final 10 minutes of the first half with Britt Assombalonga's 91st-minute consolation nowhere near enough to save Forest, whose miserable run now features just two wins from the last 17 games.
David Cotterill's goal and a Clayton Donaldson brace proved enough for Blues to record their sixth win in 10 matches since Gary Rowett succeeded Lee Clark as manager at St Andrew's, but Pearce felt his side had gifted the win to the visitors.
"We had enough efforts on the opposition goal to win a couple of games, never mind one. But we conceded three horrible, horrible goals and paid the price for that," he said.
"We are lacking leadership and confidence. We spoke to the players after the game and said 'it is time to roll our sleeves up, gentlemen, and man up'.
"We have ended up coming out the wrong side of a defeat because of ourselves, really, rather than anything the opposition did. I don't want to take credit from them, but they did not deserve to win the game. It was a charitable donation from Nottingham Forest.
"We have to work to make sure that does not keep happening."