Callum Elder says Hull City need to find a cutting edge at home to break down deep-lying opponents.
The Tigers fell to a 1-0 defeat against Ipswich Town at the KCOM Stadium, with James Norwood scoring the only goal, and the left-back admitted it was a tough night.
“It just didn’t happen for us,” Elder said.
“It’s too many times we’ve conceded the first goal at home and teams have everything to hold on to.
“They sat back in a lower block and, being brutally honest, we’ve struggled all season to break teams down when we’ve gone 1-0 down.
“We lacked a bit of cutting edge in the final third and that is what it comes down to.
“If a team is going to sit in a low block against you, you need to show good moments of quality in the final third. We didn’t do enough of that.
“In saying that, we had some big chances in the game. Goals change games but we didn’t capitalise on them.
“Defensively, we limited them to few chances. One long ball, we defended really poorly and they’ve scored and we’ve given them something to hold onto.”
Elder knows there is no time to dwell on the result, with a trip to AFC Wimbledon next up this weekend.
“The lads are hurting but we’ve got another game in three days and we need to go and win that, put in a good performance and bounce back,” he added.
“We can’t feel sorry for ourselves. We’ve worked way too hard to get into the position that we have this season, and we need to respond with a big performance because we’re still in a good position.
“We need to work harder than we have so far this season to get to where we want to be.
“You won’t see the lads dropping their heads because everyone is desperate to be in the position we want to be at the end of the season. We’ll be going down to London with a real fire to get that result.”