Jermain Defoe revealed the lads were on the end of a rollicking at half-time at Bolton and admitted: "We deserved it."
Players and management alike conceded that we were second best in the first half of Sunday's FA Cup fifth round encounter at the Reebok Stadium.
Kevin Davies opened the scoring in the 34th minute as Bolton went in at half-time 1-0 up but things changed after the break. We hit the crossbar twice before JD levelled just after the hour and then, as we continued to dominate, Tom Huddlestone saw his penalty saved by Jussi Jaaskelainen.
"We should have won it in the end," reflected JD, who was just wide with a volley in injury time. "We had a great spell in the second half when we were fantastic.
"We had a bit of a rollicking at half-time and we deserved it because we didn't compete in the first half.
"You know it's always going to be difficult at Bolton. You have to compete and the rest of the game will then take care of itself, we know we'll always create chances.
"First though, you have to compete otherwise a team like Bolton will get on top and that's what happened in the first half."
It was suggested that the first half performance might have been a hangover from the disappointing defeat at Wolves in midweek.
"Yes, it was similar to Wolves and that can happen in football," added JD. "You get your heads down and you are not confident because of what happened in the previous game. I'm sure the manager was happy in the second half because he got the right reaction from everyone.
"We were unlucky not to win the game but we can take a lot of positives out of it. We'll now go back to the Lane and hopefully finish the job there."
Meanwhile, JD's strike took him to 21 goals in all competitions this season. "There's still a long way to go and I just want to keep doing what I'm doing, keep getting on the end of chances and try to score as many goals as possible," he smiled.