Lewes boss Simon Wormull insisted his Lewes team did more than enough to earn at least a point away at top of the table Billericay on Saturday.
And the Rooks chief said those who just see the result and time of goal will be wrong to think the Rooks are becoming an outfit susceptible to conceding late, injury time goals.
Harrison Chatting’s stoppage time strike broke Lewes hearts and gave the hosts all three points.
Wormull said: “We’re absolutely devastated, to be honest with you,” he said. “We felt we did enough to at least draw the game.
“We set out our game plan and it worked great, and I think we frustrated them a lot on their home pitch.
“I didn’t feel we deserved to lost the game at all. I think if it had finished 0-0 that would have been a fair result – and I think, if they’re honest they would have said it was a fair result as well.
“But the boys’ endeavour and work rate was just absolutely first class again today. I’m proud of them all.
“It’s a difficult place to come, it’s like land of the giants. I mean, they’ve got six, seven guys who are six foot plus, and you have to change your game to adapt to that.
“But the back four were absolutely immense today. The midfield worked their socks off. And we came here and did what we needed to do. Unfortunately a great strike at the death denied us what I think would have been a deserved point.”
The Rooks boss added: “I just said to the guys, I’m proud of every single one of them. They can hold their heads high. All right, we lost and I’m sure people will be mentioning, ‘oh, it’s another late goal’ but we did everything today. We had a game plan and we were that close to doing what we needed.”
See more on this game elsewhere on this website and this Friday’s Sussex Express for full reaction of Saturday’s game.