Scotland striker Kenny Miller has revealed he had to take Friday's omission against Czech Republic on the chin.
The Rangers forward admits that the nature of defeat to World and European champions Spain was a bigger blow to take.
The 30-year-old was axed by Scotland boss Craig Levein for the game in Prague which the Scots went on to lose 1-0.
However, with both the Tartan Army and Scottish media voicing their concerns over Levein's tactics, Miller was recalled for the dramatic 3-2 defeat to Spain at Hampden Park.
Miller admits to being thrilled to be back in the manager's plans for the visit of the Group I leaders only to be crushed by the outcome.
"It was disappointing not to play on Friday night," admitted Miller.
"That's just my nature, I want to play in every game. Sitting the game out on that particular night, with my 50th cap and things, was disappointing.
"But you've got to take these things on the chin. The manager is paid to make decisions and he decided to go the way he went.
"I was delighted to be back in and I'm just disappointed with the result."
The defeat means Levein's side have slipped to third in the standings but Miller believes Scotland's efforts are proof they should not be written off just yet.
He said: "We have shown the spirit before when we got a last-gasp goal in the last game at Hampden against Liechtenstein.
"A lot of teams might have crumbled going 2-0 down to the world champions and a team like Spain.
"But not us, we fought back and got two fantastic goals. At that point we thought we could maybe go on to win the game but losing that third goal was a killer blow.
"We went down to 10 men and they saw the game out and kept the ball and made us work hard to get it back.
"Most teams in the group will probably look upon these games as bonus games, if you can get anything from them, they are bonus points.
"We've got to win our home games and we've got to win in Liechtenstein. If we can do that, then I don't think we will be far away.
"Reproducing that display is going to be tough and they will be hard games.
"But if we can win our two home games and win away in Liechtenstein I don't think we will be far away from second spot."