Bristol Rovers player-boss Stuart Campbell was left frustrated after his side slipped deeper into the relegation mire following a 1-0 home defeat to high-flying Huddersfield.
Jordan Rhodes rifled home from the edge of the box after only five minutes to score the winner but Rovers denied an equaliser when a long throw from James Tunnicliffe was palmed into his own net by Alex Smithies.
Referee Chris Powell ruled there had been a push on the goalkeeper but Rovers midfielder Campbell, who has been given the manager's job until the end of the season, said: "If anything, Smithies was shoved in the back by one of his own team-mates. It was a hugely disappointing decision for us because Huddersfield were hanging on at the time."
He added: "I am not sure about the offside at the end but I know we deserved something from the game because we matched one of the best sides in our division.
"The support we received was fantastic and our fans deserved an equaliser as much as the players did. If we continue to show that spirit we can still get out of trouble."
Terriers boss Lee Clark paid tribute to his side after they underlined their promotion credentials.
Clark said: "We expected a tough game because this is never an easy place to visit and Rovers were under a new manager.
"I told Stuart at the end of the game that if his team continue to battle like that he can still lead them out of relegation trouble.
"I thought we played some good football going forward and the result could have been beyond doubt before we came under a lot of pressure in the closing stages.
"We are in a very good position now but the league table only counts for something at the end of the season and we have to keep going."
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