Graham Alexander was "devastated" with his side's response to taking the lead late on in the 4-2 defeat to Crawley Town in Sky Bet League Two.
The City boss was disappointed with City's performance in the closing stages, which led to Crawley scoring two late goals to win the game.
“I am devastated that we have lost the game,” he said.
“It was another game where we were the dominant team, but we put ourselves under pressure with the first goal we conceded.
“We responded really well to it, and grew into the game.
“We went away from what we have done so well in recent times, which is playing on the front foot.
“That is a big lesson for us to understand what went wrong.
“We have to have discipline; trust our training and the way we want to do things.
“It is an age-old thing in football that you are clock watching, drop back and not do the things we have been doing so well. That is not our way.”
Alexander is keen for his team to bring back the identity they showed during the beginning of his tenure, as City return to Bristol Street Motors Trophy action against Derby County on Tuesday.
“Any team can win in football,” he added.
“The best teams are those that have a strong attacking identity.
“The minutes between us scoring to make it 2-1 and the end of the match, we did not have our identity.
“I have been trying to emphasise that just because we have won six on the bounce, that does not mean to say we can relax.
“We have done that in the last few games, and we have to get back to where we were.”
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