Boss Sam Allardyce admitted Blackburn Rovers' late collapse in the 2-2 draw with Manchester City had been like a kick in the teeth.
Rovers had looked to be heading for a second win from three games under their new manager following goals from Benni McCarthy and Jason Roberts.
But the visitors struck back with two goals in the final three minutes to snatch a point and leave Allardyce ruing a late loss of concentration.
"I feel like I've had all my Christmas presents taken from the bottom of the tree on Christmas morning," he told the club's official website.
"That is an indicator of just how I feel at this time.
"With the position that we are in it is so cruel to be left where we are in the league table, but it is a fact of life now and we have to accept it.
"Generally in the course of the three games we have now thrown away at least two points, probably four.
"I thought that those three points were going to come here today and put us on a level playing field almost with some of the people slightly above us.
"But instead, we've still got that distance between us which takes another win as long as they lose, just to get back in among it and that is the big challenge now."