Sam Baldock has told The Argus that Brighton & Hove Albion believe they were robbed of the opportunity to get another crack at Arsenal in the FA Cup.
The Seagulls crashed out at the fourth round stage over the weekend after suffering a 3-2 defeat to the Gunners.
They are taking great pride from the fact that they pushed a Premier League heavyweight so close, but feel things could have been even better.
Baldock considers Arsenal to have been fortunate not to concede a penalty when an Adrian Colunga cross struck Calum Chambers on the arm.
Had the referee pointed to the spot, Brighton would have been presented with an opportunity to restore parity and force a replay at Emirates Stadium – giving them the chance to join the likes of Bradford City and Middlesbrough in claiming a notable top-flight scalp.
Baldock told The Argus: “I could see his arm was away from his body. Those types of things are usually given.
“I don’t think he could have done anything about it but it hit his arm inside the box away from his body. They are usually given but on this occasion it wasn’t.”
“I think we take certain positives from it but we are still hurting deep down. Mainly we are disappointed in ourselves for the first-half performance. We could have been another one of the teams everyone was talking about on Saturday.”
Baldock was among the goals at the Amex Stadium, but can take little comfort from that fact after finding himself on the losing side.
He, and those around him at Brighton, must now turn their attention back to matters in the Championship.
Chris Hughton has helped to bring about a reversal in fortune on the south coast, but the Seagulls remain just six points clear of the relegation zone and could yet be dragged back into a basement battle.