"As is often the case with games at the end of the Christmas period, the first goal has a massive influence.
"If we'd have got it, and we had two cleared off the line, it would have been a huge lift, an extra boost. But they got it and the energy drained away.
"We weren't quite at our best but I can't fault what they've given. There wasn't the freshness to win the game. They're out on their feet and they must be feeling like every time they take a step forward a door slams in their face.
"There's a thin line in this league. Things will turn for us but we need to get a bit of belief back and get the place bouncing again. At home we have found it a bit tough."