Curtis Davies says Derby County could have ‘no excuses’ following their disappointing 4-1 defeat at the hands of Bristol City.

Despite the Rams taking the lead through Matej Vydra fifth goal in seven games from the penalty spot, the Robins struck four times in the second half – through Cauley Woodrow, Bobby Reid, Jamie Paterson and Famara Diedhiou – to maintain their unbeaten home record this term.

Speaking after the game, Davies told RamsTV: “It wasn’t good enough, we didn’t defend good enough.

“We got the 1-0 lead and towards the back-end of the first half, we were dogged and hanging on a bit in the end.

“We knew that if we could get to half time then we could regroup and start again.

"In the second half, we didn’t start solid enough and they went on to get the next goal. They got the penalty soon after that and Bristol were high-flying.”

On trying to find a way back after going 2-1 down in the second-half, the central defender added: “We probably played our best football between 2-1 and 3-1 because we were more expansive and we gave things more of a go in trying to get a goal back.

“We came close a couple of times but then once they got the third, it was game over really and the fourth was just a kick in the teeth.

“It’s been a frustrating day. Obviously our goal difference after Hull we brilliant and now we’ve gone and conceded four and lost three on our goal difference so it almost feels like it was a bit of a waste on Friday.”

Davies didn’t beat around the bush and insisted that no excuses can be made and the Rams could have no complaints.

He believes that whilst they have an opportunity to bounce back against Birmingham City next week, the club’s away form needs addressing.

He added: “It is what it is, we have to go again.

“I’m not going to make all these excuses and say that we are going to be better at things. Evidently we were so good on Friday and we weren’t today.

“It is about working towards the next game and hopefully it’s a better version of ourselves.

“I don’t know what it’s down to away from home. It’s the same lads and the same ball.

“Obviously the fans can get behind their team but if we’d have stayed 1-0 up a bit longer then fans might have started to turn against them a little bit.

“The fans we brilliant. For them to come again after the Sheffield United game, we wanted to put on a better performance and unfortunately they haven’t really got much better.

“Even though it was 4-1, I don’t think we were as bad as we were at Sheffield United, but it’s a loss and no fan wants to spend their hard-earned money away from home and see that.”