MATT GLENNON reflected on a trio of spot-kick saves and admitted: "Defeat meant they became irrelevant."
The 28-year-old was beaten by a penalty as Town won 3-2 at Rotherham last Tuesday to keep alive slim League I play-off hopes.
But Saturday's 2-1 loss against Crewe, a second successive home setback and fifth of the season for Peter Jackson's men, leaves Town eight points off the top six with only 11 games to go.
Amazingly, Glennon saved three times from the spot - from three players.
The summer signing from St Johnstone used his legs to deny Ryan Lowe on 43 minutes.
Then he went to his left to stop Gary Roberts on 79.
And when referee David Foster ordered a retake because of encroachment, the super stopper dived right to smother Julien Baudet's attempt.
Unfortunately, Glennon was beaten by a David Mirfin own goal in the 45th minute and a Lowe shot which took a cruel deflection of Aaron Hardy in the 69th as Crewe hit back after Chris Brandon's well-taken 22nd-minute opener.
Town created a stack of chances in front of a 10,052 crowd (532 were in the visitors' section).
But the keeper, who went upfield for set-pieces in the final stages, accepted they paid the price for failing to capitalise on them.
"We battered them, but we just didn't make their keeper work hard enough," said Glennon, whose side are 13th (Crewe climbed above them to go 11th).
"They had four or five chances and scored twice, we had twice that number and managed only one goal, and it's so disappointing."