Harry Redknapp pointed to key moments going against us but insisted there were no excuses after Portsmouth won Sunday's FA Cup semi-final at Wembley.
The game-defining moments came within minutes of each other in the first period of extra time as Pompey ran out 2-0 winners.
First, Michael Dawson slipped on the playing surface to allow Frederique Piquionne to open the scoring in the 99th minute, Peter Crouch hit the post almost from the restart and then referee Alan Wiley disallowed Crouch's 'goal' for a foul by Niko Kranjcar on David James in the build-up.
It wasn't to be though and Kevin-Prince Boateng wrapped it up from the penalty spot a minute from time.
"It wasn't our day," said Harry at Wembley. "We had plenty of opportunities but we couldn't stick one away and I thought we scored a good goal that was disallowed, having now watched it a few times. But that's how it goes.
"Pompey were dangerous on the counter-attack, they had pace and the game was just as difficult as I knew it would be. They are a threat and full credit to them.
""We had plenty of chances, good chances, but missed them and that's how it goes.
"As I said, the goal (that was disallowed) looked good, but I'm not making excuses.
"What can you do? It's one of those days. The players will be back in for training tomorrow and we'll get ready to go again - we've got to do that."
Next up - Arsenal at the Lane on Wednesday night.