Lee Clark felt Birmingham City deserved better than another home defeat.
His side lost 1-0 to Bolton Wanderers and finished with Lee Novak in goal for the final eight minutes after Darren Randolph’s sending-off.
Craig Davies missed the subsequent penalty for the visitors.
But the Blues boss felt his players warranted something from the match, not least the superb Demarai Gray and Koby Arthur.
“Yes, I think so, we deserved something.
“But we gave a really poor goal away, from a corner.
“You win so many games at all levels from set-plays.
“And Matt Mills didn’t just have half a yard, he had a couple of yards.
“It was one of our experienced players he lost, as well.
“We are frustrated with that.
“But, especially with my two young players, we looked a threat all afternoon.
“They were our mainstays in terms of the chances they made and the way they tried to get us back in the game.”
Randolph took down Davies to concede the penalty, after Paul Caddis played a pass short.
Caddis appeared to have been fouled by Davies before he coughed up possession.
“The penalty decision (and red card) was spot on,” said Clark, who could barely disguise his unhappiness at referee Mark Haywood’s performance otherwise during the match.
“A foul (on Caddis)? You can’t say one week that tackling is going out of the game and then have a little bit of an old fashioned shoulder charge and be upset with that.
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“They were both the right decisions.”
“The goalkeeper has got to come and make a decision, hasn’t he?” Clark added.
“If he doesn’t the lad ends up having a one on one.
“It’s very much against the ‘keeper. He has got to make a quickfire decision, if he feels he can get the ball.
“Davies was quite quick on it.
“The players kept going, even after that.
“We put a bit of pressure on. But it wasn’t to be.
Andy Lonergan pulled off a brilliant stop from Gray with 11 minutes left, tipping his fierce drive onto the crossbar.
Clark said: “It would have been a great save just from a normal shot but it took a deflection off Jay Spearing.
“So for him (Lonergan) to change his momentum like that and put it onto the bar, it was a fantastic save.
“David Cotterill has also hit the bar with a free-kick, the two youngsters have had opportunities as well.
“But it seems to be that way at the moment for us. Especially at home. We are not getting our rewards.
“We went quite attack-minded at the start of the game and certainly by the end, before the sending-off, we had Lee Novak playing central midfield and the two youngsters wide.”