John Sheran was disappointed with Cove’s performance during their surprise Scottish Cup exit at Junior side Bonnyrigg Rose.
The Highland League champions were beaten 2-1 by the Midlothian club to exit in the second round.
Last season, Cove progressed as far as the fourth round before falling to Premiership club Motherwell.
Sheran conceded his team did not deserve to go through
He said: “Right now, it’s a big disappointment but to be fair to Bonnyrigg, they were the better team.
“We didn’t do enough to win the game, we didn’t play badly but not good enough.
“They are a team that would survive very well in the Highland League and they played well.”
All three goals yesterday came in a frantic four-minute window.
Substitute Kieran McGachie was brought down on 71 minutes for a penalty, with Dean Hoskins tucking the spot-kick away to give Rose the lead.
But forward Jonny Smith levelled within a minute thanks to somequestionable keeping from Michael Andrews.
But after more good work from McGachie, Andrew Kidd found the net via the underside of the bar.
Sheran commended Rose and dismissed any notion Cove were not ready for the Junior side.
He said: “We had various reports on them, we knew they would be a big, physical side but they played some good football.
“We knew we were going into a game with a tough opponent and they edged it on the day, it was very tight.
“It was 2-1 but it could have went the other way and they acknowledge that.
“We just didn’t have the edge to get it over the line.”