Gowfers gaffer Alan McSkimming was frustrated to see his side lose 2-1 to former Super League champions Bo’ness United on Saturday.
Scott Gray had given Carnoustie Panmure a deserved lead early on and the Gowfers had numerous chances to increase their lead, including two one-on-ones with the goalkeeper.
But they couldn’t make their dominance count and as is expected against the bigger sides, a late double sucker punch from United took the points out of Carnoustie’s grasp.
Alan was disappointed to lose the game to two goals he described as unavoidable, but added that the fact he’s gutted not to beat Bo’ness United is a sign of just how far his team has come.
It’s a level of confidence and expectaction the boss takes into tomorrow’s game with fellow in-form outfit St Andrews United.
The Gowfers boss said: “I think we’d done enough during the game to win it so we’re feeling frustrated.
“In the first half, other than two half-chances they had in the opening five minutes, we dominated the game. We took the lead and went from strength to strength.
“Not long after scored we had a one-on-one and put it past the post. These are the chances we need to be taking against the so-called bigger teams because if you don’t, what happened on Saturday is exactly how it ends up.
“Both of the goals are unavoidable, we should stop the cross for the first one and the second one a ball is into a crowded area and it looks to be deflected into the bottom corner.
“We’re disappointed but we’re certainly not getting down about it, because it shows how far we’ve come. We’ve come away from Bo’ness disappointed not to take anything from the game.
“We’ve missed two one-on-ones before they equalised, and we should have - not could have - been 3-0 up and killed the game. But so long as you’re only a goal up against a good team there’s always a chance they can get back in it.
“I can’t criticise the players because we’d be disappointed if we were going down there and not creating these chances.
“The boys felt like it was a really bad defeat but that just shows how strong they are, they’re wanting to win every single game.
“We’ve got lots of confidence, any team in front of us we’re confident of beating.
“St Andrews will be exactly the same. They’ve started very well but we’re confident of going and taking three points.”
McBookie.com East Super League results
Wednesday, August 19
Broxburn 1-1 Bo’ness United; Carnoustie Panmure 1-0 Tayport; Hill of Beath Hawthorn 0-0 Kelty Hearts; Linlithgow Rose 2-0 Fauldhouse United; Newtongrange Star 0-1 Musselburgh Athletic; Penicuik Athletic 0-3 Bonnyrigg Rose; Sauchie Juniors 0-2 Camelon Juniors; St Andrews United 0-5 Broughty Athletic.
Saturday, August 22
Bo’ness United 2-1 Carnoustie Panmure; Bonnyrigg Rose 4-4 Kelty Hearts; Fauldhouse United 4-4 Broughty Athletic; Hill of Beath Hawthorn 1-2 Broxburn Athletic; Linlithgow Rose 2-2 Penicuik Athletic; Sauchie Juniors 1-5 Musselburgh Athletic; St Andrews United 3-0 Newtongrange Star; Tayport 2-1 Camelon Juniors.