QPR boss Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink admitted his frustration after a 1-1 draw at home to Reading.
Polish winger Pawel Wszolek scored his first goal since moving to west London, but Danny Williams' 21st-minute equaliser earned a deserved point for the Royals.
"It's very frustrating and that's why we really tried to go for it today," Hasselbaink said after watching a third draw in four games.
"It's better to win three and lose one than win one and draw three. We really tried to get the three points.
"My boys gave everything and we were very positive in our substitutions, and on another day it might have worked."
Hasselbaink sent on forwards Conor Washington and Idrissa Sylla in the second half in an attempt to put Reading on the back foot.
But the visitors were able to counter-attack almost at will and would have found a second goal but for goalkeeper Alex Smithies, who produced crucial saves.
Hasselbaink added: "We had three strikers on to try to force something and we had an attacking midfielder [Tjaronn Chery] too.
"When you do that you are always going to suffer a little bit in midfield, but we wanted the win.
"It's just unfortunate because we started ever so well and for the first 20 minutes we looked the better side and got a deserved goal.
"But we stopped doing what made us the better side and that is a pity. We needed to keep on going.
"In the second half we tried to pick it up again and we did in stages. But it was always going to be a game of not many chances."
Reading boss Jaap Stam felt his team should have capitalised on a spell of second-half dominance.
"I think we should have won it. If you look at the game and how we played, we should have scored a second goal," said Stam.
"They tried to make it difficult for us by pressing us high up the pitch, but there was still a lot of space for us.
"When you give the ball away and then concede a goal it makes it difficult, but we came back well and managed to get an equaliser quickly.
"We kept searching for the second goal in the second half but there was always a threat from QPR, who are a strong side and have physical players.
"In the second half, though, with the chances we created, and sometimes should have created, we should have scored and that's the thing we didn't do well.
"We defended well, we attacked well at times, but I think we should have scored in the second half and won the game."
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