Ryan Lowe admitted it was “gut-wrenching” to concede a last-gasp equaliser against Southampton, and the manager was also left frustrated by a refereeing decision which he felt cost his Preston North End side.
Kyle Walker-Peters put the away side ahead just after the half-hour mark before PNE felt hard done by in the 41st minute when Shea Charles appeared to handle the ball on his goal-line, but the referee waved away the appeals.
Goals from Milutin Osmajić and Brad Potts seemed like they’d be enough for North End to take all three points, however an own goal in the sixth minute of added-time limited the Lilywhites to a point.
The manager said: “The lads are a little bit disappointed in the dressing room. We’ve had to pick them up and tell them how good they were.
“It’s gut-wrenching when you come from a goal behind to get in a winning position at 2-1, but we should have had a penalty beforehand.
“When you look at it back, and people will say that it’s the defender’s leg and it hits his arm, but it hits the keeper’s leg.
“The keeper’s saved it with his feet and it hits the defender’s arm when it’s going in the goal. If it’s either side of the goal and it’s not going to go in the goal, or just outside, then I get it, but not when it’s going in the back of the net.
“I’m disappointed with that but pleased and proud of the boys. They were fantastic.”
It was two fantastic goals which had put PNE into the lead, with half-time substitute Osmajić slamming home a superb volley just six minutes into the second period.
The Montenegrin forward then set up Potts’ strike, which led to huge celebrations both on the pitch and in the stands.
However, when the victory looked like it would come, goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu went up for a last-minute corner, and a PNE man inadvertently headed home an equaliser.
Ryan said: “We were well worthy for me and everyone else associated for the three points until we’ve got to defend the corner better, of course.
“It caused a bit of carnage when the ‘keeper comes up, especially when we have Liam Lindsay in a zonal, so that’s something for us to look at.
“But I’m just proud of the boys because they were fantastic. It’s just a bit of a sickener to not take three points but it’s a point against a good team and every point in the Championship is a good point.
“We’ll have a look at the corner and we’ll analyse it back, but maybe we could have had a little bit of help somewhere else, then it might not have come down to that.”