Cardiff manager Dave Jones was left frustrated after watching his side fall to a 2-1 defeat at Nottingham Forest.
Robert Earnshaw's close-range strike after 67 minutes won it for Forest after Peter Whittingham's penalty for Cardiff had cancelled out Wes Morgan's first-half header.
"It was a pretty open game and we felt we should have got something from the game - it was frustrating," said Jones.
"We certainly shouldn't have gone in at half-time 1-0 down. We started very well and after the first 20 minutes we could have been at least two goals to the good.
"In the end the game could have gone either way. Goals change games and perhaps we didn't have the composure that was required to make the most of the situations we created."
Forest boss Billy Davies was full of praise for his side, saying: "We played some wonderful football, created a lot of chances and thoroughly deserved to take three points.
"The game was a great advert for Championship football and, in my opinion, Cardiff are a little bit ahead of us in terms of their development but there were so many good things about us here.
"We had 24 hours less than Cardiff to prepare for the game but we looked bright and fit and showed great character and spirit.
"Our back five as a unit were superb and I was disappointed for them that we conceded a goal from a penalty that should never have been. I'm going to have a moan and I have seen a replay of it and it was never a penalty.
"The lads at the back deserved a clean sheet but the important thing was that we won the game."
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