Monaco coach Philippe Clément pointed to his side's lack of composure in the attacking third after Sunday's disappointing goalless draw against Lorient at the Stade Louis II.
The hosts went into Sunday's match on the back of four-straight home league wins as well as booking their place in the Coupe de France semi-final last Tuesday. But a stuttering performance against relegation-threatened Lorient ensured Clément's side dropped precious points in the push for Champions League qualification, on a weekend when third-placed Nice were beaten at Lyon.
"It's always difficult to play against Lorient, who have proven this against Lens and PSG recently," said Clément after the game. "We did well at times and our ability to stop their counter-attacks was positive because with Armand Laurienté and Terem Moffi, Lorient have players that can really hurt you.
"I can't complain about our defensive play, after all, we have kept four clean sheets in the past five games so that is very pleasing but we have to be more efficient in our decision making in the final third."
"I sensed a lack of calmness and decisiveness in our opponents box and we have to do better in future matches even if Lorient’s goalkeeper played a fantastic match.
The result means Monaco remain in sixth place, five points behind Nice with a trip to Bordeaux next up for the principality side.