Late drama cost Gosport Borough their unbeaten away record in Vanarama Conference South on Saturday.
But Alex Pike felt his side were good enough to get a return from the clash with Whitehawk at The Enclosed Ground.
Borough were on top for long periods of the game but despite hitting the bar and forcing man-of-the-match Craig Ross into some great saves, they couldn’t find the net.
And in the end, a deflected shot from Jake Robinson on 84 minutes found its way past Nathan Ashmore to seal a 1-0 success for the home side.
Pike said: ‘I felt our performance was good enough.
‘We didn’t deserve to lose but that’s football.
‘We had some great chances – hitting the bar in the first half – and their keeper made some fantastic saves.
‘It’s annoying we have then had one ball to defend in the box and we didn’t do it.
‘Danny Mills has pulled off on to Rory Williams and we don’t deal with the second ball. It deflected past Ashmore as well, just to add to it.’
Prior to Saturday’s defeat, Borough had been unbeaten away from home all season.
But Pike is happy his troops have an immediate opportunity to bounce back from the disappointment as they host Hayes & Yeading United tomorrow night.
‘I did think we were good enough to go undefeated away from home all season,’ said the Privett Park boss.
‘We have another important game coming up and hopefully we can bounce back.
‘When you have a setback, you want your players to bounce back straight away.’
The result means Borough drop into fourth place in the table – 10 points behind leaders Boreham Wood.
With the busy festive period kicking in, the table will soon begin to take shape.
‘Christmas is an important part of the season and, for me, it starts here,’ said Pike.
‘We’ve lost the first game but it’s important to build some momentum.
‘We have to maintain this position if we want to really challenge at the top this season.’