Kieran Lee voiced his frustration that Wanderers could not walk away from Forest Green with a result they might not have deserved.

Even though the performance at the New Lawn failed to hit the mark, Ian Evatt’s side had chances to bring home at least a point from Gloucestershire on their second visit inside a week.

Tuesday’s defeat at Cheltenham Town - for which Lee had been rested - had ramped up the pressure to get something at Forest Green, especially given their hosts’ poor start to the season.

But a limp first half performance followed by a wasteful 45 minutes in front of goal equated to a second successive defeat, and one that left experienced midfielder Lee looking for reasons after the final whistle.

“As you can probably tell, we are disappointed again,” he said. “We needed to bounce back from Tuesday and we haven’t put a performance again, got what we deserved.

“It is a strange one, and I don’t know what the reason is, they scored on the counter-attack and then once they get the first goal it is even more difficult.

“When you are behind second half it is easier to throw caution to the wind but we still couldn’t get the goal, I’m disappointed we couldn’t.

“We didn’t perform anywhere near where we can play but we still had chances where we could have said ‘we played badly but came away with something.’ Not taking them is difficult.”

Wanderers remain sixth in the table and face fifth-placed Barnsley at home on Saturday.

Having been roundly praised for their start to the season after 10 games, the Whites have found themselves under heavy fire for their last two results. Lee believes the team have no option but to silence their critics on the pitch.

“That’s football,” he said. “We haven’t deserved praise in the last week and none of the performances have been good enough. We know that.

“We have got to come in on Monday and turn it around for the next game.

“Before this week it had been a very good start but these two results have set us back a little bit and we just have to keep working now to turn it around.

“We go back home next week and know we have got to pick up a performance and start bringing results.”