Doncaster Rovers saw their desperate need for points thwarted when they lost 1-0 at Bury in League One.
In the middle of a relegation fight, Rovers needed a win at Gigg Lane but looked like they would have to settle for a point.
Andy Williams had Rovers’ best chance, but could not convert.
And with the clock ticking down, Leon Clarke popped up with a winner for Bury in the 77th minute.
Defeat leaves Rovers eight points adrift of safety with five games remaining.
Boss Darren Ferguson said: “It was a frustrating day.
“It was a game that summed up our season really. We weren’t good enough in the final third, which sums up our season.
“We had 20 corners, and 25 crosses and we didn’t score. And that’s why we are where we are. We’re just not scoring enough goals.
“We missed an absolute sitter at one end, whereas (Leon) Clarke scores and wins the game, and that’s the difference.
“We did a lot of things well but you can’t have that many corners and crosses and force so few saves from the goalkeeper.
“We’ve got to keep persevering, though. “What I do see as a manager is that they’re having a go, they’re trying, they’re showing the right commitment, there’s no question about that. They’re not chucking it.
“I’m not seeing a team that’s not trying their hardest to get out of the situation. We’ve got to keep going until someone tells us its mathematically impossible.”
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