GARY ROBERTS reflected on the “madness” which ended Huddersfield Town’s promotion hopes and admitted it was a much worse feeling than losing to Millwall in last year’s play-offs.
The 27-year-old Liverpudlian was one of Town’s most dangerous threats against Peterborough but admitted the defeat was the lowest point of his career.
“This is a much worse feeling than Millwall last season,” he explained.
“A 3-0 scoreline looks like a bit of a whooping, but I don’t think it was.
“We had a big part of the game and if we had scored when we were on top it would have been totally different.
“But it’s all ‘ifs and buts’ and at the end of the day it’s another play-off defeat.”
Roberts went as close as anyone for Town with a curling first-half free-kick beaten away by keeper Paul Jones.
“It was very quiet in the dressing room, the manager said his piece and all the lads were hurting. We knew we were in for a tough game, but we also knew that whoever scored first would go on to win the game and so it proved.
“It would have been hard to take under any circumstances, but when we went into the game unbeaten in 27 matches it was even harder.
“That’s especially so when you see our support.
“They were fantastic. They filled every seat and they really got behind us, encouraging us and it was such a shame that it just wasn’t to be.”
Roberts added: “ I hope we don’t have to go through the play-offs again.
“I thought we’d done enough this season to go up automatically and it would be nice to do that next year.
“We’ve got a lot of good players here and if we keep them together we will have a right go.
“It was just an eight-minute spell of madness which cost us this time but that’s the play-offs. It’s a lottery.”