Stenhousemuir manager Scott Booth was still smarting from the weekend defeat to Peterhead this week – but is taking solace that his players know they deserved more.
And not only that, he was delighted with the attitude shown during a bounce game on Monday night and is sure the players will put the disappointment behind them and focus all their energies on grabbing a win and progressing in the Scottish Cup.
A last-gasp penalty is enough to knock the stuffing out of players, but Booth is looking for them to bounce back, and is sure they can.
“What’s important and very pleasing is that the players know they deserved better. They know they played well and they know they didn’t deserve to lose the game.
“We are disappointed – very disappointed – about losing the Peterhead game but the attitude of the guys on Monday night at training was first class.
“Some of the under-20s were in the mix with the first team playing a bounce game and the atmosphere was good.”
One of those youngsters, Fraser Eddington, has been given a taste of the first team already and is set to feature in the squad for Saturday. There are more to follow.
“We had eight players 21 and under in the team which won 4-0 at Stirling – that is fantastic.
“It’ll be a fantastic experience for them and boost to their confidence being involved with a performance as good as that – and it has benefited them in the time since.
“There are more in the under-20s waiting to come through and they’ll feature this season, certainly.
“We played well at Stirling, we played well against Peterhead and I am seeing good things from the squad, it’s just so disappointing we didn’t get the result on Saturday when things went against us when I felt we were really on top in the game.”
Booth was still waiting to hear if he will be in the dug-out on Saturday, opposite his old friend Ray McKinnon. The duo worked together at the SFA and played together at Aberdeen.
“Ray is a good manager and has got a good squad playing well. We lost to Brechin earlier in the season – but the performance was good.
“Based on recent games and that game – if we can draw on them then we can do well.
“The Scottish Cup is a great competition to be involved in and for me every game is a priority. League match, Scottish Cup, Stirlingshire Cup – it all counts and we’ll be looking to give everyone a lift after the disappointment against Peterhead.”