Billy Davies urged his Nottingham Forest side to call on the spirit of glory days gone by after their 1-0 defeat at Doncaster.
Davies was not too concerned afterwards, though, and encouraged his charges to use the club's legendary European Cup-winning sides of 1979 and 1980 for inspiration between now and the end of the season.
"Why should I be down?" he asked. "We've just come off a 19-game unbeaten run. I've just said to the players, do you think John McGovern won two European Cups because everything went right throughout a season? Over a season, there are good times and there are bad times, but we're sitting in the top three at the moment. Ask John McGovern what it takes to win two European Cups."
Davies felt his side's inability to take the rare chances they were presented with, plus referee Andy Penn's failure to award a penalty when Chris Gunter was brought down by Mark Wilson, meant it was never going to be their day.
"It's horrible because we had three one-on-one situations with their goalkeeper and we had a stonewall penalty turned down in the first half and we lost a very soft goal," he said.
"You can't have three one-on-ones and that penalty claim and it be your day. I said for weeks that these things would happen between now and the end of the season.
"But we need to earn the right, and the players need to enjoy the good times and the bad times. I've been through it all before."
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