Brighton manager Gus Poyet acknowledged a goalless draw at home to Nottingham Forest was a case of two points dropped for his inconsistent side.
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The Seagulls had enough clear opportunities to win the npower Championship game in the first half, but wasteful finishing again let them down in front of a record crowd of 26, 684 at the rain-soaked Amex Stadium.
Poyet is getting tired of labouring the same theme of his men not making the most of their opportunities, and has challenged them to "stop making excuses and win games".
"The disappointment was there. I am getting bored at listening to myself," the Uruguayan said.
"The first half was nearly perfect apart from scoring. It's up to us. If we do what we have to, we'll win games."
Brighton boast clean three sheets in their last four home games but Poyet has no doubt their position outside the top six should be healthier.
"With the amount of points we have lost... we shouldn't be in this position," he said. "Imagine if football was fair. But it's about how many goals you score. We've got a magnificent chance to be in the top six if we win.
"We don't want there to be any excuses or dramas - we just need to score and finish games. We need to stop making excuses and win games."
Poyet is ready to plunge into the January sales to boost Brighton's promotion challenge.
He added: "January is getting closer and with it a big decision for myself. We are closer to bringing someone in after what has happened this year.
"There's not too many leaders who are goalscorers. That costs a lot, but I'm doing my homework with the chairman."
The visitors almost grabbed a shock lead in first-half stoppage time through Billy Sharp, who hit the bar with Tomasz Kuszczak beaten following a cross from Chris Cohen.
Forest assistant manager Rob Kelly was more than happy with a draw.
He said: "We'll take our point and move on. We didn't get a foothold in the first half and when the break came the message was to get higher up the pitch and closer to them.
"We had chances either side of half-time and in the second half we got on the front foot and did a lot better.
"Brighton had opportunities in the first half but we nearly scored ourselves and the second half was much more even."
Kelly is convinced Forest are heading in the right direction after suffering a few spells of inconsistency.
He added: "Our squad was put together quite quickly and it takes time to bed in.
"Sometimes you're lucky and you just take off. We're trying to build it sensibly. On July 1, before the new owners came in, we had 10 or 11 players.
"This is a tough league but we are building ourselves up to go anywhere and compete."