NEIL Harris admitted he was "gutted" for his players after two controversial refereeing decisions led to Leicester City goals in a 3-1 defeat at The Den.
Shane Lowry was barged over in the build up to Anthony Knockaert's opener and Lee Martin was sent sprawling moments before Jeffrey Schlupp scored the killer third.
Referee Tim Robinson was officiating only the fourth Championship fixture of his career.
And joint caretaker boss Harris said: "I'm disappointed for my players, in fact I'm gutted for them, because I thought they were fantastic from the first minute to the last.
"They did everything that was asked of them.
"I thought we were better than the best team in the league today but we did not get the breaks and were on the wrong end of a couple of decisions that cost us goals.
"We missed chances at 2-1 and if I was being critical, our final ball in the final third was slightly disappointing. There were a lot of positives.
"It was clear to see that the ref got two decisions wrong before two of the goals. We have the benefit of watching the replays, and looking back now they are clearly two fouls.
"The Knockaert challenge on Lee, which led to the third goal, was a foul, and that came just as we were building up some momentum.
"The first goal came from a foul on Shane. For me, if your body is between the opposition and the ball, it has to be a foul.
"The referee has a very tough job because he has to make instant decisions, but I felt he got those wrong today."
With the score at 2-1, Jermaine Easter spurned a golden chance to equalise when through on goal, and Harris admitted the Lions lacked a killer instinct.
"Jamma is a disappointed man at the moment," he said. "It was a good bit of link up play between him and Steve Morison, it was a good run and he made the right decision, just the finish was poor.
"Four times out of five he scores that because he is a fantastic finisher. That didn't happen today but I've got no problem with that and hopefully he'll keep getting in those positions.
"The fact that we kept pouring forward and created chances was pleasing. Scott McDonald had a turn and shot which he is disappointed about, because he expects to test the 'keeper.
"The ball fell to Richard Chaplow just inside the box on his left foot, and his shooting from that sort of distance is first class, so he's disappointed as well not to have hit the target.
"We got into some good areas by the byline but crosses were hitting the first man – on another day, we've got quality players and they put those into the box."