Gateshead manager Neil Aspin was left sickened after his side lost their 100% record for the season with a late defeat at Vanarama National League title favourites Forest Green Rovers.
The Tynesiders looked set to return to the North East with a well-deserved point but we left to rue a fortunate late goal for their hosts.
With ninety three minutes on the clock Rovers full back Dale Bennett sent a cross into the Heed area, only to see it drop inside the far post and into the net.
And that left Aspin ruing his side’s misfortune.
“It’s really hard to take” he told the club’s official website.
“Sometimes, if you get done by a really good goal you hold your hands up.
“It was a fluke of a cross, there was nobody at the back post and the ball has just dropped in”.
Despite the late defeat Aspin hailed the effort of his players, admitting that they had “worked their socks off”.
He said “I can’t fault the players’ attitude or application, but unfortunately you need a bit of luck in this game, and we didn’t get that today.
I’m really disappointed, but I’m not disappointed with the players’ performances.
“Everybody has worked their socks off”