Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies had no complaints after his side were narrowly beaten 2-1 by Norwich.
The Reds went ahead through a lucky Nathan Tyson strike but goals from Grant Holt and Andrew Surman moved City up to second.
Davies - who saw defender Paul Konchesky dismissed late on for a second yellow card - said: "I thought the attitude and the quality shown by the lads was absolutely top class.
"It was an excellent performance and quite simply we should have got something out of the game. We were just unlucky on the night.
"We hit the woodwork and missed from six yards - it just wasn't our night, but I can't have any complaints about the way we played. I'm very proud of all the players."