MARTYN Woolford was kicking himself after missing a chance to salvage a point for Millwall against Bolton on Friday night.
The Lions were trailing to Darren Pratley's opener at The Den when Woolford burst through on goal in the 87th minute.
But his shot was kept out by goalkeeper Andy Lonergan, who was fortunate to still be on the pitch after his clear trip on Lee Gregory went unpunished by referee Stuart Attwell.
Woolford, assessing a third straight home defeat, said: "We had plenty of chances and I had one myself that I should've stuck away.
"The keeper came out quickly but, looking back, I'm frustrated that I didn't lift the ball a bit.
"He came flying out at me. It was a split-second decision but I probably should have lifted it rather than trying to slot it down the side of him.
"We had one or two of them in the first half as well – we weren't at our best but we had the better chances.
"If one of those had gone in, it would have been a different game. But things just seem to be sliding the wrong side of the post.
"I'm disappointed in myself because I always fancy myself in those situations. I better get practising my finishing in training this week and make sure it doesn't happen again."
Woolford agreed that Lonergan should have seen red for clipping Gregory, who was sent sprawling after lifting a bouncing ball over the Bolton stopper.
"We all thought it was a foul at the time," said Woolford. "I've looked back at the video and it's definitely a foul – it could've been given as a free kick or a penalty.
"But he was the last man in my view and it's definitely a sending off. It's debatable whether it should have been a penalty or a free kick but it's definitely a foul and a red.
"We're not getting those decisions and it's making life difficult for us."
The Lions are just one place and four points above the bottom three heading into Christmas but Woolford believes their form will improve.
"We feel hard done by not to get anything out of the game," he added. "It's a sucker punch from our free kick and the manager has highlighted that. We switched off.
"We weren't in the right shape, we threw too many men up and left ourselves a little bit vulnerable. The manager is upset about that one, as we all are. It's cost us the game.
"It's a frustrating one but we've got to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves down and go again.
"Throughout the season we have deserved a lot more and we need to keep believing that we're a good side.
"We have to keep believing the tide will turn like it did at the end of last season because it was similar – performances were there or thereabouts but we weren't getting results.
"All of a sudden it clicked and we went on a decent run, so we're confident that will happen again.
"We know that we've got it in us – we've challenged the best in the league, come back when we've looked dead and buried in games and we've got the character to keep fighting.
"We're not going to give in. We'll go back to the training ground looking towards our next game and we need to make sure we put it right.
"It's a sickener getting done like that but it is fine margins. We need to keep the faith. We've got plenty of games left and we're still feeling confident that we will turn this around.
"We know we have got a good manager who knows his stuff, and we need to back him and ourselves to keep doing what we're doing. I'm pretty confident that results will change."