Aldershot manager Dean Holdsworth was devastated after his side's last-gasp 2-1 FA Cup fourth-round defeat at Middlesbrough.
Striker Danny Hylton looked to have earned the League Two side a replay when he cancelled out Lukas Jutkiewicz's late opener with just two minutes remaining.
However Jutkiewicz then netted the winner for Boro five minutes into stoppage time.
Holdsworth said: "It certainly is a cruel result for the players and everyone associated with us because I felt we'd earned a replay.
"We've had a fantastic display of commitment from the players and we took our goal fantastically well.
"In the dying seconds we had it ripped away from us and that's a big blow for the players.
"This is a fantastic football club and there were some good players against us but we've held our own.
"The players will be very down in the dumps now because they deserve a lot more than what they got but we go back to work on Monday morning.
"The challenge for the rest of the season is to show exactly what they have done, home and away, and push on in the division."