A third defeat in a row away from home against Charlton on Wednesday night continued a sequence of games where the team has contributed much but come away with very little.
A stunning goal from Jerome Thomas just four minutes into the Valley encounter made it another uphill struggle for the boys, who could just not find a way back onto level terms. Danny Murphy increased the deficit from a free-kick with just five minutes remaining.
"It's disappointing and it was another killer start," reacted the midfielder afterwards. "The guy has hit a wonder strike, we were just getting set and we wanted to start well - especially after Sunday when we didn't start so great.
"We wanted to start well and it was a killer punch - nobody could stop that. We kept playing and plugging away, we had a good few chances but it wasn't meant to be again. We kept going and it is disappointing, I don't think we played great, it was difficult then there was another sucker punch later on with the free-kick."
Michael wasn't sure when it came to explaining why chances are not being taken recently, but insists it is down to the whole team and not just the strikers.
"I don't think it is about sharpness, the chances have been there and it is one of those things. If we don't score, it is our job to keep the goals out as well. It is not just the strikers, it is all of our jobs to chip in with a goal.
"It is annoying us that we are not getting the results from our performances. At the end of the day it might need a case of playing rubbish and winning. It is disappointing but we will keep going.
"I think if we were playing badly and losing, everybody would be really concerned. It is a results business but at least we are not playing badly. We need to do more though.
"The boys are gutted."
Michael Brown conceded that, despite good possession and chances, it is just not happening for the team at the moment.