LIAM Trotter believes a sluggish start proved to be Millwall's downfall against league-leaders Cardiff City on Saturday.
Rudy Gestede's eighth-minute goal in the Welsh capital gave the Bluebirds an early lead and despite carving out a host of chances thereafter, the Lions were unable to find a way back into the game.
Trotter told NewsAtDen: "We started very badly and invited pressure on ourselves in the first 15 minutes. We let them have their own way, sat back too deep and they got their goal.
"But after that, we created as many chances as they did, went forward and had a lot of shots on goal. We're unfortunate to come away with a defeat – it was a tight, tense game.
"It was a mixture of the ball not quite falling for us and a few finishes where we should have done better. But that's how it goes sometimes.
"When you're top of the league like Cardiff, the luck goes your way. They created their own luck with the way they started the game. But we can't come here and sit back so soon.
"We needed to get in their faces and play with a higher line. We didn't do that and it cost us."