Sheffield United manager Neil Warnock refused to be downcast, despite his side missing two penalties in a goalless draw with Blackburn.
Without a win in their first three matches, The Blades missed glorious opportunities from the spot, through David Unsworth and Rob Hulse, after controversial penalty awards by referee Mike Dean.
Rovers were also the beneficiaries of generous officiating when they were handed a 70th minute penalty for a foul on Benni McCarthy - a decision that did not find agreement with Warnock.
"It was superb football - both teams going all out to win it," Warnock told Sky Sports.
"I suppose it depends whose camp you're in as to whether they're penalties or not.
"I thought the first one was typical of an international player [McCarthy] being breathed on and going down."
Warnock admitted his side's penalties were also contentious, after first Zurab Khizanishvili, for tugging at Rob Hulse's shirt inside the area, and then Lucas Neill, for handball, were soft.
"He's [Khizanishvili] silly to do it when the referee's warned him," he said.
"But the third one was the most controversial."
Warnock also backed Hulse to bounce back from the disappointment of missing his 87th minute spot-kick.
"He's disappointed but I thought he was a handful all afternoon," added Warnock.