Keith Gibson was disappointed in his players after they struggled to see off lower league side Brechin Vics in the GA Cup on Saturday.
Broughty Athletic only went through following a penalty shootout victory after the game had finished 0-0 in regular time.
Gibson admitted he was content that his team made it through to the next round at the end of the day, but said he was upset with the performance - especially after the Fed had deservedly beaten Linlithgow Rose the week previously.
Keith said: “I told the players at the game that I was really disappointed, especially after the Linlithgow result the previous week.
“But at the end of the day the main aim was to get through to the next round of the cup and we’ve done that. I don’t want to take anything from Brechin Vics but we weren’t at the races on Saturday, we were nowhere near the level we play at. And I think that’s probably the best Brechin have played in weeks. We can’t take anything away from them, they were excellent.
“We’re looking forward to Saturday to play Kelty Hearts, they’re last season’s champions and it’s their first game at their new park so they’ll be unfurling the league winners’ flag.
“We’d like to go there and create an upset, get a point or three from the game. We know we can repeat the Linlithgow result, we’ve had Kelty watched and they’re a very good side, but we know that if we’re at our game we could cause an upset.
“It’s important to get points on the board. I’ve always said you take care of your home games and the rest will fall into place.
“You don’t want to get into a habit of losing games and then you’re playing catch-up later on in the season, so it is important to start getting points. Especially going into winter when there will be a few games that will fall short of the weather.”