Ray McKinnon was left to rue what he described as “fortuitous” goals as Brechin City went down 3-2 to rivals Forfar Athletic.
Paul McLean had opened the scoring for City before Derek Young, Chris Templeman and Darren Dods netted to give the Loons a 3-1 lead.
Andy Jackson pulled one back in the 84th minute at the end of a second half in which Ray said the hosts were “the better side.”
McKinnon said: “I can look at every one of their goals and say they’re very fortuitous. The first one they get a deflection and it brings them back into the game.
“The second one, my players are adamant the boy’s offside. To be fair we didn’t react well to it. For their third the ref stops one of our attacks, they counter attack and score the third goal.
“We started the game great and we probably should have done much better. Second half we were probably the better side.
“It’s a disappointing result but we just need to take it on the chin and keep going. We’ve got a catch-up game on Tuesday night and if we win that we’re right back in it.
The gaffer was adamant that the Glebe Park outfit aren’t out of the League One title race.
He added: “The season’s not over yet in terms of the title. If we win our seven games we’ve got a chance of winning it.”