England fly-half Toby Flood has made no bones about his frustration following Saturday's 20-14 loss to Australia at Twickenham.
The Wallabies reclaimed the Cook Cup with a workman like perfromance as they bounced back from a drubbing at the hands of France a week earlier.
England will harbour a number of regrets after twice turning down kickable penalties as the sought a try to overturn the six-point deficit.
"I can 't remember the last time I felt this frustrated after a Test match," Flood wrote in his column for the Mail on Sunday.
"A win was there for the taking. Instead we lost, and we deserved to lose, because they were better than us in many areas: from a skills point of view; from decision-making and, most of all, with how they managed the game.
"You can talk about positives but you have to be honest in rugby and the truth is this is a big blow. We came into this game full of confidence after drawing with South Africa last June, and then putting 50 points on Fiji last week. It hadn't been the perfect performance but it laid a good foundation. Instead we came second because we just weren't good enough on the day.
"We had issues at the breakdown and we had issues holding on to the ball and we had issues with some of our skills but that's because we were always trying to force the issue, rather than be patient, and that led to mistakes.
"I guess people will highlight some of the penalties spurned. Our scrum-halves are both instinctive players like all good scrum-halves should be, and although I would have backed myself to have kicked those three points at the end of the first half, Danny Care's decision to take a quick tap led to Manu Tuilagi's try. It didn't quite work out the same though when Ben Youngs also tapped quickly and went with 11 minutes remaining.
"Perhaps that was a time when the context of the game has to be taken into account and, although you never want to curb the instincts of an attacking number nine, we need to work on our collective composure.
"We should know how to deal with a situation like this but we are still making far too many mistakes under pressure and being caught out by sides who are taking their chances much better than us."
England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said he didn't have a problem with the decision made in the heat of the moment,
"I was happy with the decision making on the field; some people may criticise a kick to the corner when three points were on offer but we had momentum and an edge in the line-out, so I was happy with the call," said Lancaster.
Mike Catt, England's attacking and skills coach, also praised the Australian 10 and 15 combination.
"Kurtley Beale and Berrick Barnes certainly made a big difference in the way they interchanged and ran the game at 10 and 15," he said.
"They moved us around well and in particular the little chip behind our defence caused us a lot of issues. It's exactly what we're trying to achieve with Flood and Goode, and in general, I was happy with the tempo and ambition we displayed."