Reading manager Steve Coppell admitted his team lacked a creative edge as they slipped up 1-0 at home against lowly Nottingham Forest.
The Royals finished February without a victory, collecting just one point in three matches as their promotion campaign in the Coca-Cola Championship faltered.
Coppell conceded: "I would never criticise our effort or intent, but in technique and creating opportunities we didn't deliver."
He added, on Reading World: "It was frustrating and ultimately very disappointing.
"In the first 45, I thought we played some really good stuff; I thought it was a good home performance.
"At half-time there was a buzz in the dressing room. All the signs were there that we wouldn't get distracted, we'd push on and get a positive result.
"As soon as the second half started, we weren't as fluent - that was obvious."
Lewis McGugan's second-half strike gave Forest a much-needed win at the Madejski Stadium.
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