Lee Bowyer claimed there was only one difference between his Birmingham City team and Queen’s Park Rangers at a rain-swept Kiyan Prince Foundation Stadium.
The Blues head coach watched as his side were beaten 2-0, through a goal in each half, to suffer their third defeat in four games.
And Bowyer reckoned it was only the scorer of those goals, Moroccan attacker Ilias Chair, who separated sides that begun the game tied on 12 points.
“We started really bright won the ball in good areas, caused them problems, asked them questions and we didn’t take the chances when they came,” Bowyer said.
“I think the only difference really on the night was Chair, clinical in front of goal, he caused us problems but I think if we scored one of the two early chances that we had it was a completely different game.
“We caused them problems, then before they scored the second goal we were asking them questions and pushing and pushing but then we switched off at the back and got punished again.
“We have to be more clinical front of goal it’s another chance we have missed from inside the six-yard box in the last two games.”
Blues actually had more shots on goal than QPR, 13-12, but tellingly only one on target – Tahith Chong’s meek first half header.
“It concerns me because everything that we work on, that stats is not good enough, we work hard at finishing, we get them to do the right things, to have one on target.
“I keep telling them to do the right things but that’s been our problem so far, if we had taken the chances, like Chong’s chance tonight and we have had two or three of them on Saturday – I can name four other games we have had chances like that but not taken.
“If we had taken chances we would be in the same position as QPR in the top six. But we haven’t.
“But as a group, from when I walked through the door, they have come a long way and they are improving. I won’t deny that.
“I will defend them, they are trying to do the right things but at times we are just falling a little bit short. Tonight was one of those times.”