Nolan said: "He's only speaking the truth because on that evidence we are going down.
"There's not too much we can take from a defeat like that. We were poor, especially in the first half, although we put them under a lot of pressure in the second.
"We just needed that goal, and if only I'd taken my chance early in the second half, but Chris Kirkland pulled off a wonder save.
"I should have scored, I know that. I'm expected to score in those situations, and I'm very disappointed I didn't.
"But we kept on going to the end, and that's probably the only positive we can take from the game.
"In the dressing room there are a lot of disappointed lads, but it is up to us to stand up and be counted, get together and make sure we go on from here.
"We've nine games to go to get ourselves out of this, and we all believe we can do it - but it's no good talking about it, we have to do it."