Grant McCann admitted his team were well below par in the 2-0 home defeat to play-off chasing Stoke City.
Jacob Brown’s first-half header and Tom Ince’s second-half strike earned the Potters a comfortable win.
“We were nowhere near today – we thoroughly got what we deserved,” McCann conceded.
“Everything we have been good at over the last eight or nine games went missing today. It’s obviously disappointing for us.
“We knew before the game it was two teams in a similar sort of system, similar sort of shape.
“We had to work, we had to fight, we had to pick up seconds, we had to be good on the ball, we had to be good on transitions – we weren’t, none of that.
“Unfortunately for us, we didn’t get the points we craved for today to try and move ourselves away from the bottom three.
“This group in there, they’re an honest group of players, they don’t need me going in there and shouting and screaming at them. They know themselves today we were under par.
“We didn’t deserve anything out of the game. We were stood on the sidelines thinking, ‘Where’s the goal coming from?’ We just lacked that edge about us today.”