Nottingham Forest manager Billy Davies has bemoaned the fact that he was unable to supplement his squad with three new players during the January transfer window.
Davies' side lost 2-1 at Barnsley on Tuesday to fall eight points behind second-placed West Brom and their current form may not even be good enough to clinch a place in the play-offs.
The former Preston and Derby County manager said: "When you go 20 games undefeated and you go second in the league and you've got the best momentum and you're playing the best football in the division and you come off with a 3-1 result against West Brom on January 8, then, in my opinion, we needed three players.
"Now that's not an excuse, that's a fact. I said then we needed three players.
"Since then we've lost influential club captain (Paul McKenna) and replacing him is a must. Whatever happened in January was entirely up to the owners of the club.
"All I could do was recommend and advise and unfortunately things never happened.
"But as a manager I will always do the best I can with what I've got and between now and the end of the season I will work as hard as I can to continue to keep this young team and stay bright, happy and bubbly and positive."