Aitor Karanka accused his players of being ‘too nice’ and felt they lacked the hunger and desire to go toe-to-toe with Barnsley.
The Birmingham City boss watched as his side threw away a one goal lead to concede twice in 13 second half minutes and slip to another home defeat.
They are now six games without a win and this performance looked like a step backwards rather than forwards for Karanka’s men.
And the head coach was critical of his team, admitting the Tykes outfought his men.
“It was a frustrating performance, a frustrating game, it is difficult to understand when I have picked 11 players and we couldn’t pass the ball three or four times in a row in the first half,” he said.
“At half time I told them I didn’t have any tactics to tell them because it was just the confidence and playing better than we were playing.
“We started the second half much better, I think the only time we passed the ball two or three times we scored a goal. I don’t understand why we are not doing it more often.
“Then when I thought it was going to be easier with the team more confident on the pitch, it was the opposite. Once again, we went down and conceded another two goals.
“One hundred per cent they were more aggressive than us, it is something I have to analyse because we had three or four players who had played the last four games in nine days – and they had nine players who had.
“I thought it was going to be advantage for us but it was the opposite, they had more energy than us and it is something we have to analyse and to correct.
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“I can’t tell them anything bad because they are a good group of players but sometimes if you demand from another team-mate or you argue with your team-mate, it is nothing personal.
“I think it is something we have to learn because sometimes I listen to them on the pitch and I don’t listen to them support each other or argue.
“They are too nice. We need to be more aggressive, when a player is arguing with another player or demanding from another player it is because he wants the best from them.”