Scotland captain Darren Fletcher could not hide his disappointment after his side were held to a 2-2 draw by the Czech Republic in their Euro 2012 qualifier at Hampden Park.
The Scots led twice through Kenny Miller and Fletcher, but were pegged back by the visitors for a second time when Michal Kadlec converted a controversial late penalty.
Jan Rezek appeared to dive for the spot-kick when substitute Danny Wilson challenged him in the Scotland penalty area in stoppage time.
Christophe Berra was then denied a penalty even later in the game, with referee Kevin Blom instead booking him for diving.
Fletcher told Sky Sports: "For the match to be decided by two refereeing decisions after all the hard work and effort is really disappointing."
The skipper revealed he had asked Wilson about the first penalty and was also close enough to Berra to see he had been fouled.
He added: "At the time I spoke to Danny and he said the lad made a meal of it
"I was behind Christophe and he was clipped. How he can't give that one after giving the first is beyond me."
Fletcher could not even take consolation from his goal, saying: "The goal kind of means nothing after the result.
"We've been in a leading position twice and not won the game so you have to learn."
Like manager Craig Levein, Fletcher was not prepared to concede Scotland's chances of qualifying were all but gone.
He said: "It's still possible and while it's still possible we have to give it our best.
"We've got to pick ourselves up. While there's still a chance, if it means we've got to go to Spain and get a result then we've got to do that."
Scotland face Lithuania on Tuesday followed by games against Liechtenstein and Spain in October, while second-placed Czech Republic play Spain and then Lithuania.