Harry Milne says it would be nice to win when Cove Rangers return to Central Park on Saturday – but adds it won’t make up for their play-off heartache.
The Highland League champions face Cowdenbeath in the League Cup group stage tomorrow.
The fixture comes just two months after Cove’s controversial 3-2 League Two play-off final defeat to the Blue Brazil.
The city side felt the winning goal by Brad Smith should have been dis-allowed for a foul by Jordyn Sheerin on goalie Stuart McKenzie.
At the end of the games tempers were frayed with a mass brawl on the pitch in stoppage time which resulted in Cove captain Eric Watson, Scott Ross and manager John Sheran sent off along with Cowden boss Gary Bollan.
Milne says it would be good to win on their return to Central Park but they will play Cowdenbeath as though the teams had never met before.
The left-back said: “We’ll treat it no differently, it’s a game we think we can win.
“They are in a higher division – we feel they shouldn’t be – we’ll go there with the same mentality as if it was someone we’d never played before.
“It makes no difference. We just need to stay calm and focused on the task in hand.
“It will help that we know what sort of side they are and what sort of football they play.
“The pitch isn’t great so we’ll know all those factors and we’ll be ready.
“It would be nice to win, although it wouldn’t account for what we missed out on last season, it would be one for the boys that we would be happy with.
“But we’re treating it as any other game.”
Cove have no points from their first two League Cup group stage games against Inverness Caley Thistle and Hearts. But in both matches they have played well.
Milne believes they can be proud of the way they performed in Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to the Jambos at the Balmoral Stadium.
And he feels tomorrow’s match against Cowden and next Saturday’s clash with League One Raith Rovers are more winnable fixtures.
Milne added: “In the second half I thought we were superb, to a man we were brilliant.
“In the first half I thought we were living on the edge a bit. We got a goal back and we were unlucky not to get more.
“We can take a lot of pride from that because of the way we played against a top flight team who we think will be top four in the Premiership this season.
“So it’s a huge achievement for the club, I think.
“We’re looking forward to Saturday now.
“With the next two games we feel with the way we performed in the first two we are definitely capable of getting a result from the next two.”