Broughty Athletic boss Keith Gibson was chuffed to take the three points from Wednesday night’s derby clash with Carnoustie Panmure.
The Fed ran out 5-1 winners against 10 men, making it four points from their first two Super League games.
But Gibson said he’s looking for an improvement from his players who let their performance levels drop in the second half.
He said: “We’re happy with the three points. The last 20 to 25 minutes of the first half, I’m delighted with that performance.
“But second half I thought we could have played a lot better and created more chances. If you’d said to me before the game about a 5-1 win I’d have bitten your hand off. But there are aspects of the second half performance I’m not too happy with.
“Playing against 10 men can be difficult but we made it difficult for ourselves as well. Carnoustie did well with 10 men.
“We did very well to come back from a goal down and some of the stuff we created for the goals was very pleasing.
“We won’t get carried away, it’s just two games. We’ve played well in spells but we can do better, and we will do better.
“We’ve got Broxburn away on Saturday. They’re a decent side. We’ll have Lee Sibanda back. Paul Lunan and Adam O’Connor are still struggling.
Counterpart Alan McSkimming was disappointed with the heavy defeat that came just four days after his side saw off Musselburgh Athletic 4-1 in the league opener.
The Gowfers boss is hoping for a response in this weekend’s trip to face Camelon Juniors.
He said: “On Saturday we started with urgency and tempo. We did that for five minutes against Broughty, scored, then switched off completely. We had a 10-15 minute spell where they went from 1-0 down to 3-1 up.
“We then got someone sent off and it just summed up the way the evening was going. It was very disappointing, especially after Saturday’s performance.
“We just never got never anywhere near that and for me, that’s what I find so frustrating. It wasn’t necessarily complacent performances, just too many guys not performing anywhere near the level we expect. The boys know themselves they’ve let themselves down.
“We just didn’t have anything about us in the sense of what we did right on Saturday. We play with urgency, we play with tempo and we play a lot of football. On Wednesday we did none of the three. We fell well short of any acceptable level.
“Harsh words were said at half time and full time. Maybe it’s the reality check we needed, we’re not going to have our own way every game.”