Grant McCann couldn’t fault the effort of his players but was left with a feeling of déjà vu after the 2-1 defeat to Peterborough United.
Siriki Dembele’s dinked finish 18 minutes from time settled matters after Josh Magennis’ close-range header in first half injury time immediately cancelled out Jack Taylor’s sumptuous 25-yard curler.
Magennis spurned a golden opportunity to put the Tigers ahead with the score at 1-1 but blazed his penalty high and wide.
Tom Huddlestone, who limped off after 29 minutes, and substitute Tom Eaves each hit the woodwork, with the hosts registering 19 attempts on a frustrating night.
“We’re all really disappointed and frustrated,” said McCann. “We sense the frustrations in the stadium and from the fans.
“I’m really disappointed because I felt we had a real control in the game. It feels a bit like déjà vu that we’re playing very well and not taking the opportunities. I can’t fault the effort of the players – they’re giving us absolutely everything.
“Another day, Josh scores that penalty – he hasn’t missed one for us – and it could have been a different sort of game. It’s a penalty and that can happen. He’s usually really reliable from there.
“The penalty wasn’t the reason we lost the game. We didn’t defend the second goal well enough and we didn’t take our chances at the other end.
“We’ve done everything tonight. We’ve hit the post, hit the bar, Keane (Lewis-Potter) probably should have scored at the front post, Josh has missed a penalty, Eavesy had a couple of opportunities when he came on.
“It just seems like it isn’t going our way at this moment in time but we’ve got to keep working with the boys. I take full responsibility for the result tonight and the result on Saturday (at Huddersfield).
“It’s not been good enough but what we want to do is continue to perform well and try to turn these performances that are leading to defeats into performances that lead to wins.”