GARY Rowett admitted his frustration as Burton Albion's promotion hopes suffered a blow in defeat at lowly Northampton Town today.
The Brewers lost 1-0, a result which - combined with Chesterfield's win at Hartlepool - means a six-point gap now separates Rowett's side from the top three in League Two.
An error from Rob Lainton gave the Cobblers victory, and Rowett said: "Their goal comes from a poor situation, a bit of a mistake, and that goal was probably the only real difference.
"The game was scrappy, it was a physical game, and I thought they were a little bit more physical than us.
"They showed a little bit more than us."
Lainton's gaffe not only decided the game against the Brewers, but cost them a substitution, with the goalkeeper taken off at half-time with an injury.
"The ball caught him on the end of the finger, so he's damaged some tendons and he was unable to continue," said Rowett.
"And also Callum McFadzean came off with a dead leg, so we had to make substitutions at half-time which limits what we can do.
"Suddenly two changes are out of the way, and you want to save those for later in the game."
For Rowett's full reaction to Saturday's game, see Monday's Burton Mail.