Head coach, Mark Anscombe, fully expects his Ulster players to pick themselves up and get the job done when they go to Connacht on Saturday night in search of a first win in the Rabo PRO12 this season.
Ulster should have won at a canter against Glasgow Warriors at Ravenhill on Friday night having dominated for 38 of the 40 minutes in the second half.
But golden try scoring opportunities were spurned and then Glasgow hit last year’s beaten PRO12 finalists with a sucker punch during the last play of the game.
Replacement James Eddie crashed over for a try and it was left to British & Irish Lions fullback, Stuart Hogg, to slot over an easy conversion with the last action of the match and steal an unexpected win for the Scots, 13-12.
Ulster had led 12-6 at the break, but dropped passes by Michael Allen and Luke Marshall, coupled with David McIlwaine’s inability to ground the ball when over the line were to come back to haunt Ulster.
Ireland outhalf, Paddy Jackson had impressed with the place kicking in the first half, landing four from four to give the Irish Province a 12-6 interval lead.
But 10 minutes from the end he missed a kick which would have given Ulster a nine point lead and probably put the game beyond Glasgow’s reach.
Head coach Anscombe was angry at the missed opportunities as well as being bitterly disappointed to lose the game in the manner they did.
“Any team that loses in the last minute will be hurting,” he said.
“We have not had too many of them. But it is really hard to take because a lot of guys worked really hard tonight and there are others who are not doing what is required of them.”
Accepting that Ulster had played some attractive rugby, Anscombe said that made the defeat harder to take.
“We played the best rugby for 38 minutes and still came out on the wrong end of the scoreline.
“The thing is thought, when you create opportunities you work hard to get them.
“Glasgow are a good team with a lot of international players, so when you find your rugby working for you you will create some chances.
“What you have to do is take those opportunities. We created a number of them tonight, but just did not take them.
“By not getting beyond the six point lead that we had, we kept Glasgow interested - enough for them to come back and win.”
Anscombe admitted there were plenty of positives which could be taken from the game, but he added: “We also have to look at the fact we cannot feel sorry for ourselves for not getting performances, being unlucky or being close at the end.
“We have got to take responsibility and take that luck out of it.
“It we had executed our chances tonight there would have been no luck in it. It would have been put to bed with a quarter of the game to go.
“I would think even the Glasgow people would not have believed they should have been in that game with a quarter of an hour to go.
“But they were and they won it. We were not good enough to finish off what we had created . That really, really hurts.”