NIGEL Clough said it was the same story for the Brewers as a good performance didn't translate into points at Sheffield United.
The Brewers lost 2-0 despite creating good opportunities but failed to find the net and also suffered another injury blow as Jamie Allen was forced off after 12 minutes.
Clough said: "We played well, missed chances and conceded a poor first goal and lost a player in the first 30 minutes for the third game in a row. The overall performance was good again but they were better than us in both penalty areas. That is why they are pushing for promotion and we are at the bottom.
"When you create the chances we did tonight and you are one-on-one with the goalkeeper you need to finish. Their lad goes clear for the second goal and slots it in, that is the difference.
"We played some very good stuff at times but coudn't finish it off. We thought Marvin Sordell should have scored but he says he was held back at the corner. He's only a few yards out and we didn't get a penalty."
Losing Allen so early on was also a big blow for Abion.
Clough said: "It was an old fashioned whack on the ankle. We thought it was a foul and now he will be a doubt for Saturday.
"It's hard enough as it is with missing Ben Turner, John Brayford, Lucas Akins, Liam Boyce only able to be a sub and would have only come on in an emergency, Martin Samuelsen struggling with illness and then we lose a player early on which is not ideal.
"But whoever is left they have to step up and get us a goal."