Daniel Farke bemoaned a lack of cutting edge as City were held to a second successive goalless draw at Carrow Road by Nottingham Forest.
City created numerous chances throughout the 90 minutes, but failed to find the net despite their best efforts.
“In general I think again today we were the better team,” Farke said after the match. “Our defending was really good, we dominated the game and created the chances to win.
“We missed one quality – the quality to put the ball over the line. We fought to the end, but it’s difficult when you’re not scoring. It’s sad because the lads are giving everything to do it, so it’s tough to accept.”
Josh Murphy had a free header saved by Costel Pantilimon in the first half, James Maddison missed an excellent opportunity from 10 yards following good work from Onel Hernandez in the second half, while City had plenty of men in the box throughout but couldn’t convert a series of half-chances.
“The instinct and anticipation has to be better,” Farke said. “In the first half Maddison puts the ball brilliantly to the near post, and that’s where I want a player to be attacking to score, but it didn’t happen. And then he crossed to the far post, but again no one had the instinct to go there.
“And then when Josh [Murphy] had his strike and the keeper didn’t gather the ball, we needed someone to have the anticipation to be there, but we didn’t have anyone doing that.”
Farke was also open about why Nelson Oliveira didn’t make the 18-man squad for the match.
“Nelson wasn’t injured,” he said. “After each training week I have to decide which players are hungry and greedy and want to give their best for the team, and I decided for these 18 players today.
“I love Nelson and I back him a lot and support him, but I have to have the feeling he’s giving everything and that he’s hungry to improve and run and to be hungry to work in training, and that’s the most important topic. I do without anyone who isn’t giving 100% in training, and I pick lads who give everything.
“So it’s up to him how he reacts and what he shows me in training. I’m here to bring a special working style, and we have to leave our heart on the pitch and give everything for this club and for our fans.”