Stevenage manager Graham Westley said his side did everything but score after a 1-0 home defeat to Notts County on Saturday.
Callum Ball's first-half strike was enough for County to see off their hosts, climbing out of the relegation zone in the process with their third successive win, which heaped more misery on Stevenage.
Ball replaced Jack Grealish in the first half and made a big impact, grabbing the only goal of the game in the 42nd minute as he fired home through a crowded area.
But Notts County were indebted to goalkeeper Bartosz Bialkowski for the win, the Pole denying Francois Zoko, Felipe Morais and Lucas Atkins, the latter on several occasions.
"I stood in shock at the end because I couldn't believe we had not scored an equaliser," said Westley.
"We certainly deserved something out of the game and I can't be critical of the players.
"Their goalkeeper was the man of the match and it wasn't just the first half in which he produced the goods, it was the second as well.
"That happens on certain days. They took the only chance they had in the first half and (Chris) Day has had to make a save in the second half, but other than that I don't think they really troubled us.
"It was a sloppy goal to concede. There was not enough urgency to pick up the second ball.
"We continued to take the game to them but we just couldn't nick an equaliser even though we had them penned in."