Nottingham Forest defender Jack Robinson pulled no punches following the Reds’ 2-0 defeat to Birmingham City at the weekend.
Speaking to the club’s official website, the former Queens Park Rangers man offered a brutally honest assessment as to where Forest are right now.
Forest fell to defeat thanks to goals from Jota and Che Adams and Robinson wasn’t in the mood to offer excuses.
He told the official website: “It was a poor performance. I think we dominated the second half but we just haven’t been able to get that goal. Sloppy defending in the first half cost us.
“If you look at the Leeds and Wigan games then they have been the exceptions. Overall it hasn’t been good enough for a while now and we haven’t performed to levels we know we can and we need to put that right.”
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Robinson was back in a more familiar left-back role on Saturday, with new recruit Alexander Milosevic coming in for his debut.
The 25-year-old conceded that there are some new faces to blend into the squad but again refused to use that as an excuse for such an abject display in the West Midlands.
He continued: “Obviously we’ve got new signings who need to settle in but hopefully that will happen quickly because we need some performances on the board. We’ve had a bad run recently and if we don’t change things then we’ll drop further down the league table.”
The Reds have the chance to make up for the Birmingham display when Brentford arrive at the City Ground on Saturday and it looks a massive game for Forest.
Given his long-term affiliation with the club, boss Martin O’Neill will be desperate to get wins on the board and get the club firing in the right direction once again.
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Forest’s recent poor form is clearly hurting Robinson and his team-mates.
It would appear that the players are sharing similar frustrations to the supporters right now and they will be desperate to put things right.
For Forest to move back up the Championship table it is going to take everyone pulling in the same direction.
Robinson’s frank assessment is refreshing and hopefully that is replicated in the dressing room and the Reds come out firing against Brentford this weekend.