PETER JACKSON admits he cannot remember a more frustrating time as manager of Huddersfield Town.
Out of the Carling Cup and 18th in the League I table as Peterborough prepare to visit the Galpharm Stadium on Saturday (3.00), Jackson believes his side have played better than the statistics suggest.
And he commented today: "I was particularly frustrated to lose the Cup-tie over at Leeds United because I felt we played really well and deserved to win it.
"Judging by all the comments from various people after the game and what was being said at the Leeds end, they were lucky to win the game and they know it.
"That's frustrating, because we are not far short of where we want to be at this stage.
"It's slightly disappointing, but we are not downhearted about the way things have gone and there are still a hell of a lot of games to go.
"I can't think of a more frustrating spell while I've been manager, but we've got two big games in the space of three days and if the players can continue playing like they did at Leeds against both Peterborough United and Doncaster Rovers then we'll have no problems."
Striker Andy Booth and defender Rob Edwards yesterday received treatment for groin and hamstring injuries respectively and are expected to be fit for Saturday's match against a team Jackson describes as "big, strong and physical".
Jackson said: "All the lads are disappointed at the moment and I wouldn't expect anything else when we've lost three successive games, but we will be ready to go again come Saturday.
"I am disappointed with the goals which have cost us two big games this week, but at the other end we haven't had a lot of luck.
"Having watched the game again a couple of times, I'm still convinced we should have had at least one penalty, if not two or three.
"You could make a pretty strong case out for all of them, but the one where Paul Butler stopped Nathan Clarke's header with his hand was a stone wall spot-kick.
"The Leeds goal, too, came from a header bouncing off the woodwork to one of their players. Ian Gray would have had the follow-up as well if he hadn't slipped when diving across.
"At the other end, when Pav's header hit the bar it bounced to one of their players whereas last season, it would probably have dropped to us.
"That's how it goes, but we are not far off and I think everyone who was in that stadium will know that."
Terrace tickets for Doncaster on Monday remain on sale at the Galpharm Stadium until close of business on Saturday priced £15 for adults and £8 concessions. Buy before Saturday to avoid long queues.
Fans are reminded the south end of the John Smith's Stand is all-ticket for Saturday's game, while the whole of the John Smith's is all-ticket for the Hull game on Sunday, September 5.