Darren Ferguson refused to accept Plymouth Argyle's gameplan worked to perfection as his Doncaster Rovers side lost their unbeaten home record to their promotion rivals.
Argyle sat very deep and invited Rovers on, looking to play on the counterattack which ensured the hosts dominated possession and chances.
But Sonny Bradley's bullet header on 50 minutes was all that was needed for Plymouth to win, and reduce Rovers' lead at the top of the table to three points.
Ferguson refused to be downhearted by the defeat and focused on what he deemed a pleasing performance.
He said: "They might say they had a gameplan to hit us on the counterattack but we've absolutely annihilated them today, the team in second, and we should have won by three or four.
"I really would be surprised if their gameplan was to let us have four incredible chances at 0-0.
"It was first against second today but unfortunately the better team has lost.
"I was delighted with my players, it was an excellent performance.
"All the stuff we worked on we did well.
"It's better to be a lucky team than a good one sometimes and Plymouth were that.
"We dominated the game. We knew we'd dominate possession.
"I felt we were very good but, unlike us, we didn't one of the four incredible chances we had in the first half.
"When you look at the stats, the most important one is the result, so it's a disappointing day in that aspect."