Queens Park Rangers defender James Perch was just as disappointed as his team-mates after losing to Brentford on Saturday, but felt there was effort shown in the west London derby.
The Hoops were second-best for the majority of the clash at Griffin Park, but did have chances and were left to rue what could have been.
Perch and the rest of the defence watched on as Spanish star Jota came away with an assist and two goals to condemn Ian Holloway's side to a six-straight loss.
"It's tough to say if Brentford were more up for it than us, because that should be the minimum we give as players, to give maximum effort, and I felt we did," he told Get West London.
"If we had won, maybe people might have said we were more up for it than them. I think it's easier to say they were up for it more than us when we had got beat.
"I thought we gave it a go and we shots on goal. It was a difficult result and very disappointing, and the goals we conceded were, too.
"On another day those chances may have gone in."
There was slight controversy on the opening goal for the Bees, with Rangers players insisting striker Matt Smith was fouled as he went to clear Jota's corner with his head.
But the referee failed to spot any wrongdoing and when the ball fell to an unmarked Yoann Barbot, his volley went down into the ground and into the roof of the net.
Perch, however, said was "not acceptable" when asked about the man-marking.
"We were complaining about having a free-kick to where the corner came in, we thought Matt Smith has been pushed on the six-yard line," he said.
"He was going to come out and head it but he got pushed over - that's what we were saying.
"But then it's not an excuse as their player is completely free in the middle of the box and he puts them ahead, it was not acceptable."
After Jota had doubled Brentford's lead from the penalty spot, Joel Lynch went up the other end and headed Rangers back in it from a free-kick.
The Hoops' tails were up, but the hosts restored their two-goal advantage immediately.
And Perch paid tribute to Jota, who scored a fantastic strike for Brentford's third.
"The third goal for them was a sucker punch. It was a great goal from their player," he said.
"He has that continental flair and you've got to give the lad credit, he did well and they're a good side.
"We got it back to 2-1 and we thought 'let's do this', but then they get the third goal out of the blue and it killed us.
"It was tough to take, we tried to give it a go after that and had some chances up to the final whistle.
"We were unlucky in some ways but very, very disappointed with the final result."