The 31-year-old fired home on the stroke of half time to pull Wanderers level in the clash, with a second half rally proving fruitless for the Whites against a stubborn Charlton outfit.
With victory eluding Bolton at the final whistle, the full-back explained that the result is one which he and his teammates were frustrated with given their efforts for much of the clash.
“We had a fifteen minute spell in the first half where we didn’t start too well, but after that I felt we got into the game pretty well and kept possession well and had quite a few chances,” he said following the game.
“It’s been that way the past few weeks though because we need to learn to take our chances - it was a frustrating day in all.
“They played in a similar way to what we’ve been playing away from home during the past few weeks, so it was difficult to break them down.
“Lonners has made a good save for us as well to keep us in it, but the margins are just fine in this league.
“It is disappointing – I felt we were the more dominant team and I thought we created the best chances.”
After netting an unexpected goal – the last of which came for Cardiff City against Barnsley back in May 2008 – McNaughton admitted that he was left with mixed emotions following the game.
“I’ve had about 15 texts already off my mates because it’s been about five years since I last scored,” he said. “On a personal note, it’s great to score but it was such a frustrating afternoon for us and our supporters.
He added: “We’ve been punished for our mistakes and we haven’t taken our chances when we’ve had them - you’ve got to take them when you’re on top in games to kill things off.
“We just need to regroup again – there’s a lot more games to play, so we’ve just got to get on it again at Barnsley.”