John Sheran felt the 4-1 defeat by Brechin City was harsh on his Cove Rangers side as they exited the Irn-Bru Cup.
Despite a tenacious performance and taking an early lead against Darren Dods’ side, the Highland League side were picked off.
And the visitors were not helped by some questionable officiating at Glebe Park.
But Sheran was pleased with his side’s effort and believes the club can take a lot away from the experience.
He said: “Overall, it was a decent performance against a team that haven’t been beaten this year.
“We were disappointed with the result and it flattered Brechin a wee bit.
“We made four or five changes so it was a good work-out and there were a lot of positives to take out the game.”
Cove took the lead after just two minutes thanks to Harry MILNE’s header.
But Finn GRAHAM’s strike found the top corner on 16 minutes to level things up.
And nine minutes before the break, Andy JACKSON scored with his left foot to give the hosts the lead.
There was controversy about Brechin’s third as Ross CALDWELL appeared to be offside before finishing on the hour mark.
JACKSON got his second goal in injury-time to seal the game.
Sheran did not feel there was a great deal between the two sides other than the quality of the finishing.
“They were quite clinical when they got their chances and that’s what you find when you step up and play teams from a higher level,” he said.
“Up until five minutes to go, we were the better team and really we had a great chance just before the end but they have taken their chance with the fourth to kill it off.
“We’re disappointed with the result but pleased with the performance and it sets us up nicely for the weekend.”