Boss Chris Wilder lamented Sheffield United’s profligate finishing as their winning run ground to a halt at Bristol City this afternoon.
An 81st-minute header from substitute Marley Watkins gave Bristol the points, after he cleverly directed a glancing header from fellow substitute Callum O'Dowda's right-wing cross inside the far post.
The goal ended a similar run by the visitors and Wilder said: "It's the worst feeling in the world when you play well and lose, as we did today. But we failed to make the most of the periods when we were on top.
"We should have come in at half-time, not one, but probably two up. Any manager will tell you that the first goal in Championship games is so important and we should have got it.
"That would have meant them having to chase the game. Instead, it was the other way around and we were not as careful in possession trying to get back into the match after they had scored.
"It was a very good away performance without the most important bit, which is winning the game.
"They paid us the compliment of changing their system around, while on a decent run in a very competitive division.
"If you don't play well and lose or the other side do so well you can't lay a glove on them, you accept it. Today we have played well enough to win, but have not done enough in the opposition box."