Tottenham skipper William Gallas struggled to hide his disappointment when looking back on the club's late 2-1 loss to Everton at Goodison Park on Sunday.
Two 90th minute goals turned victory into defeat for Spurs after the North London club appeared set to move level on points with third placed Chelsea once again. And Gallas feels it is another case of his side being unable to push themselves up to the next level.
Tottenham have let in nine goals in the last 10 minutes of matches this season and would be top of the table had games only lasted 80 minutes.
"We have to pass one more step to be on the [same level as the] top three and I don't know when it is going to happen,'' the 35-year-old told the Evening Standard. "I hope it will this season but it is a shame because when we get very near, something always happens and we draw or lose.
"In our squad we have some players that have experience now so I don't think it is about a lack of maturity. For example, yesterday we did almost everything right but they scored that goal which killed us. It is difficult to explain but sometimes you need luck.
"When I was at Chelsea we had that luck to win some games even if we were not playing good but Tottenham is different. I hope it will change this season or next.
"Was tiredness an issue? Yes. We played on Thursday. Even if we had three days to recover it is not easy, but when you want to win some competitions you have to play every game. Only big players can play all the games. We know that so when we go on the pitch we don't think we played three days ago, we just go on the pitch and try to fight.
"However, sometimes it is not easy, especially at this time of year because we play so many games but that is not an excuse. What we have to know is that the game is never finished until the referee blows his whistle.
"Yesterday showed that we have to be much more focused at the end of the game. We have to accept the defeat yesterday and we have to carry on.''