Dan Bentley believes that the rub of the green will even itself out over the season for Brentford after their opening day loss at Sheffield United.
The Bees had the better chances and Lasse Vibe, Neal Maupay, Nico Yennaris and Jota will all feel they should have got their names on the scoresheet.
However, their last trip to the Steel City in February saw the west Londoners claim a 2-1 win at Sheffield Wednesday in a game that saw the Owls have 30 shots and they only beat Bentley in second half stoppage time.
And the stopper believes there will be a time where Brentford win a game where the manner of the contest suggests they will lose, although he did stress about the need to take chances.
He said: “We feel a bit hard done by but it's up to us to take the chances. It's up to us to defend as a unit up to the front and, as a team, from back to front to take our chances.
“We had chances and the better cut of the chances however we didn't take them on this occasion. We lacked the clinical edge. We're a high scoring team and it wasn't to be today.”
He added: “Whether it's luck or the rub of the green. It evens itself out over the course of the season.
“I'm not a fan of cliches. I think we didn't have the rub of the green but on another day we might have gone and beaten them by five today.
“We have to make sure we take our chances on a regular basis but, frm the boys at the back, we have to make sure we keep the ball out of the net as it could have been 0-0 again.”
Brentford appeared to miss Harlee Dean at the heart of the Brentford defence, although Bentley did not feel that was the case.
He added: “I don't think so. John Egan stepped in and Andreas stepped in from the two that finished last season.
“We've got players and a strength in depth that when someone is out we're confident in the players to replace them. It gives the manager a headache going forward with Harlee wanting his place back.”
When Sheffield United got going, their fans raised the volume and the Bees struggled, at times, to deal with the pressure especially at the start of the second half.
But Bentley was refusing to see that as an excuse.
He explained: “I don't think the atmosphere is something that can be a negative, whether it be away or home.
“An atmosphere is something I zone out of and I'm in the zone. I'm focused on what happens on the pitch.
“We can't use it as an excuse. I don't think this was the hardest game we could have been given.
“Every game is difficult. It's going to be a difficult season and difficult to finish as high as we can in. We believe in the squad. Nobody would use the crowd as an excuse.”