Keith Gibson admitted he was reeling after Broughty Athletic were dumped out of the GA Engineering Cup semi-final by Jeanfield Swifts.
The Premier League side saw off their Super League counterparts 2-1 to book a date in the final at Tannadice against Lochee United.
Gibson said his players were nowhere near the level he expected from them but added that he couldn’t be overly critical of the team, because he knows they’re still enjoying a pretty successful season.
He said: “I’m still reeling from it to be honest. The team talk was all about the importance of the game, the potential to go and play in a cup final at Tannadice. We expressed that it had to be played like a cup final and we just didn’t do that.
“First half there was nothing in the game, they got a penalty in their first foray into the box then we got back into it with a penalty of our own.
“I spoke to them at half-time and I still felt quite confident that if we picked it up another 10 or 20 per cent we’d go on and win the game.
“We started the second half with a bit more intensity but we just didn’t get anywhere. Jeanfield scored with their first attack after 20 or 25 minutes but we just didn’t do enough.
“We didn’t play well or show what we could do but we were never truly out of the game. We just didn’t play well enough. Only two or three guys get pass marks.
“They’ve done great to get to this position, we’ve beaten some good teams. It was rammed into the players that they were a decent side.
“It’s just not good enough for what we’ve been playing like this season.
“I can’t be too critical obviously though, we’ve had a good season and the aim was to stay in the Super League but it’s still frustrating.”