As Coventry City slipped into the Championship relegation zone following their 2-0 defeat at Crystal Palace on Tuesday night, manager Micky Adams identified the Eagles' strike force as the main difference between the two teams.
Although they lost by two goals, Coventry exerted pressure on their hosts by forcing more corners and firing in virtually as many shots - 17 to Palace's 20 - only to be undone by Dougie Freedman and former Birmingham City forward Clinton Morrison.
Although neither player scored they harassed the Coventry defence for most of the match and made clear the gulf between the division's haves and its have-nots.
"We didn't get to grips with Dougie Freedman," Adams said. "I would say he was perhaps the difference between the two teams.
"Our football was good, the obvious difference in all the top teams is the front two and the quality they possess.
Freedman and Morrison were a handful as was [Wayne] Andrews on the right-hand side - we didn't cope with that early doors and it cost."
Andrews scored in the first minute and Emmerson Boyce doubled the lead on 35. Adams said: "We played very well in patches but we got caught cold in the first minute - you can't give teams like Palace a one-goal lead."
Meanwhile, defender Ady Williams is unsure over his future with the Sky Blues, with the 34-year-old having only three more league matches before his threemonth loan stay at Millwall ends. He did not play in Tuesday's 1-0 win over Norwich City.
Millwall will have to extend the deal before today's loan deadline because, once it passes, League clubs must wait until the transfer window opens before bringing in new players. He said: "The new loan system is very strange, and I haven't had contact with anyone at Coventry. I respect Micky Adams as a manager but I want to keep playing regular football."