Marcus Bent says that Birmingham City now have ‘no excuses’ in the Championship after crashing out of the FA Cup to local rivals Wolves.
Bent, who was at the centre of a pivotal penalty controversy on Tuesday night, said Blues would be totally focused on overhauling Wolves or Reading for automatic promotion.
"I think we started well, positively," he said. "And then we gave away a silly goal, we didn’t get the penalty and sometimes you have that luck – and we didn’t.
"It was a disappointment but the priority is the league.
"They’ve sort of got one up on us. Had we won, it would have put some doubt in their mind and given us a little buzz, more confidence.
"But we’re a together side, we’re very confident anyway and we’ve still got a few players to come back. Now we have one thing to concentrate on, we haven’t got any excuses.
"The FA Cup is a big competition, we wanted to progress to the higher rounds. But that’s life. We’ve got to pick ourselves up and look to the league."
Richard Stearman’s hefty challenge on Bent was an obvious spot-kick – to all apart from referee Howard Webb.
Bent said: "He didn’t really give me a reason why he didn’t give it, he just sort of looked at me. He did admit to one of the players in the second-half that he had got it wrong.
"We just don’t seem to get those sort of decisions.
"The linesman was looking straight at it, the referee was right in front of me, I have touched the ball and he [Stearman] has absolutely taken me out.
"The first 10 minutes I was taken out from the back and there was also a little foul after I went past the centre-half as well.
"What can you do? You can only put it in the referee’s hands to make the right decision and I would say he’s made two definite mistakes."