Manager Frank Lampard was disappointed Derby County were unable to build on their “perfect start” against Ipswich Town.
Tom Lawrence put the Rams in front inside the opening two minutes at Portman Road on Wednesday evening.
But the visitors were pegged back by rock-bottom Ipswich , who equalised through substitute Jon Nolan in the 55th minute.
Derby hit the woodwork late on but had to settle for a 1-1 draw in the end, as they missed a chance to climb back into the Sky Bet Championship play-off zone.
“After a start like that, against a team that – no disrespect to Ipswich – are bottom of the table, that gave us the perfect start to go on and try to control the game ,” said Lampard.
“But if you give possession away too frequently, too easily, you can’t control any game.
“We breathed life into their team, hence the result.
“Our quality in terms of possession was disappointing. We gave it away far too cheaply, far too many times, sometimes under no pressure at all.
“We went back into areas when we should have come out of areas.
“I think we should be very thankful to the two centre-halves (Richard Keogh and Fikayo Tomori), who I thought were very good.
“As a team, we need to keep the ball much better than that.
“We’ve got aspirations here to try to get in the play-offs. We’re trying to get higher up the league.
“If we play at 60, 70 per cent, then it’s difficult wherever you go in this league , because you have to respect everyone.
“When you have off days, that’s when you need to dig in, not make the mistake that led to the goal and come away with a 1-0. Unfortunately, we couldn’t do that.
“The last 10 minutes, it was us that were pushing and we had some good chances. Really, we should have scored one of them to win the game.
“But the team performance wasn’t good enough.”