But Bond refused to use the controversial second goal, which was allowed to stand despite the assistant referee flagging for an offside decision, as an excuse.
Andy Reid ran through to net the second while Rangers waited for the referee's whistle to add to Greg Halford's opener.
"The damage was done in the first half," Bond said. "They got after us and stopped us from playing. Really, we never laid a glove on them in the first half.
"I saw the linesman put his flag up and I think our players stopped, because they expected a decision. But the referee didn't give the decision, Forest played on and we didn't.
"That is about the long and the short of it. Our lads should not have stopped but there you have it.
"The second goal was a consequence of us chasing the game. The damage was done before that."