Player manager Darren Dods blamed individual errors for Brechin City’s Scottish Cup Third Round exit against Airdrieonians on Saturday.
Andy Jackson’s first half header wasn’t enough for City as Taylor Morgan’s brace and a Bryan Prunty free-kick sealed a 3-1 win and a place in the fourth round draw for Airdrieonians.
Dods said: “The way the game went, it wasn’t good enough. We started off okay for the first ten minutes then an individual error cost us and they scored.
“I think at the time you expect Darren McCormack to clear it and it just got stuck under his foot and their boy has hit it.
“But we got ourselves back into the match shortly afterwards with a really good header from Andy Jackson.
“We then lost a really bad goal midway through the half when a lack of communication between Graeme Smith and Darren McCormack led to Darren heading the ball out of the keeper’s hands with Airdrie taking full advantage.
“I thought that we controlled the game for spells after the break but we then gave away another bad goal when we lost possession in midfield which led to Airdrie scoring the decisive goal.”
Dods, though, was able to take positives from the 90 minutes ahead of this weekend’s trip to Dunfermline.
“We went down there and we created things going forward, but if you lose three goals you’re not going to get anywhere,” he said.
“The early goal made things more difficult for us. I think gifting them two goals in the first 25 minutes made things tough.
“Obviously we got a goal back but I think if you give away cheap goals then it makes your job that much harder.”
City suffered a potentially serious setback when defender Ross Perry had to be taken off injured with just over 30 minutes played.
“It was bad luck for Ross; he just got his studs caught in the ground,” said the boss.
“He’s been playing really well the last few weeks and he’d come back to fitness and was looking like the player we’d signed at the start of the season.
“We just have to move on and with Dave Bates going back to Raith it’s going to be something we have to look at to bring somebody in.”