NIGEL Clough said his team didn't play well enough against Ipswich after they suffered a 2-1 defeat.
He said: "The crucial first goal was an own goal from a corner - on balance of situations we possibly deserved a draw but we made it difficult for ourselves after that.
"We didn't start the second half very well. They started it better and when you don't defend set plays very well that doesn't help.
"We could have had a penalty in the first half for handball but then we got one late on when we were 2-0 down. It was one in 67 games before tonight and then we get one when we are two down."
Clough thought that results going against Albion earlier in the day might also have been a factor.
He said: "We still have to deal with that pressure as there will be a lot more in the last four games now we have not got something tonight.
"We have been very difficult to beat lately but the second goal was a a bit too easy for our liking. We committed too many people forward too early. We always say to stay in the game but at 2-0 it's very difficult to get back even if you score one."