Brechin City boss Darren Dods is fed up with his side earning the plaudits but coming away with no points.
The 1-0 loss to Dumbarton last Saturday was the 10th defeat for City this season and leaves them rooted to the bottom of the Scottish Championship, seven points adrift of 11th placed Falkirk.
The game looked to be heading for a draw but Willie Dyer’s own goal in stoppage time broke Brechin hearts once again.
It was the fifth game in a row where the match finished with just a goal in it and, despite opposition bosses lining up to commend the part-timers, it rankles with Dods that they have nothing to show for their efforts.
The Brechin boss said: “You get the plaudits but I’d rather they come here and say ‘they hate Brechin, they just kicked us off the park’ or ‘they got three points, but we should have won by five’.
“That was probably one of the most frustrating games we have had this season but that is the way it is going for us at the moment.
“The ball hits Dyer’s leg and could go anywhere and the way it is going it nestles in the bottom corner and they get a huge lift and a huge three points.
“At the end of the day it is about winning games and being competitive. We are being competitive, I think we had more possession from the stats than they did, and we controlled it for long periods in the middle of the park but we didn’t have that final delivery from out wide that they had.
“We hit the bar and worked the goalie a few times. It’s just that final third we are lacking that wee bit to hurt them. But I’m sure if we keep performing like that then the points will eventually come.”
Asked if his team perhaps need to be a bit more streetwise, he said: “I think perhaps we could be. At this level when we are on top we need to take our chances and just be able to see the game out and kill the game off but we are not doing that and it is costing us.
“You feel for the players, they put in so much hard work Tuesday and Thursday going by last season to this season I think every one of them has improved.
“In this league you are up against tougher opposition and more quality, a lot of their players have played at SPL level while some of our players have only been playing up to League One. We are a young team and we will improve.”
City are not playing this weekend with Inverness CT in Irn Bru Cup action against Falkirk and Dods sees that as an opportunity to get the players in and work on things before their Scottish Cup clash against Buckie Thistle on November 18.
“We’ve got a bounce game against Kelty Hearts lined up in midweek and we will also have the boys in at training at the weekend so we can work on a few things.
“It also gives the boys some more time to recover from knocks. Andy Jackson won’t be back until mid December, Ryan McGeever is still struggling and so is Ally Love.”