“I think there are crucial moments in the game and we will all study this game and try to understand why, especially after that second goal, heads dropped and we gave them the ascendancy," Smalling told Roma TV.
“We need to reflect and then focus on the next games, because ultimately we knew if we won this game we would be so close to that first position, and now it's about making sure there's a reaction and we push on. Because tonight was not a true reflection of how we have been playing.
“It's hard to put into words how disappointed we are all feeling tonight. A lot of disappointment. How we have been playing recently, that is not a fair reflection of how we have been doing.
“Mistakes led to two of their goals and after the second goal I think it made the match extremely difficult. But there was still a lot of time to be played. Just pure disappointment tonight. For everyone. For the whole club."