GARY Rowett was disappointed after Burton Albion's winning start to the season came to an end – but had almost predicted it would happen at Newport County.
The Brewers drew 1-1 in South Wales on Saturday as John Mousinho's first goal for the club cancelled out Ian Sharps' own goal for the hosts.
Rowett predicted the game would be tough and so it proved as the Exiles gave Albion a big scare.
"Probably Wednesday or Thursday, you look at the game and can almost pre-empt that this could be the little banana skin which stops the run," said the manager.
"I felt as though the warm-up wasn't as bright as usual and I spoke about that.
"I just felt maybe with the journey down and the effort put into the previous games we weren't at full tilt physically, but we kept going really well.
"Again, we showed our fitness levels to come back into the game and get stronger as it went on.
"But there were lots of things we didn't do well enough at the start and we continued to do that through the game.
"I've said to the players I'm disappointed, but I'm disappointed with a point and I suppose that's no bad thing to be disappointed about here."
The Albion boss saw signs of fatigue in his players after several high-tempo performances in the last two weeks.
"There was a bit of a malaise about our play in the first half," he said.
"Maybe the players are a bit leggy – they've won the first four games and put a huge amount of effort into those games.
"Perhaps we were always going to get a game when they weren't at full tilt.
"We'll give them a breather now for a couple of days with us playing Wednesday (against QPR in the Capital One Cup)."
Rowett also spared a thought for skipper Sharps after he put through his own net on his 500th Football League appearance.
"If I was Sharpsy, I'd be counting back the games and hoping someone had made a mistake somewhere and that was my 501st!" he said.
"But he's been great for us so far, it was a poor mistake for the goal – and it was a very sloppy goal on our behalf.
"Leading up to the throw-in was poor as well. It wasn't just the way the goal went in, but leading up to it.It's very unlike us and we'll be looking to defend better than that."