Coach John Sludden admitted it “will take a day or two” to get over Scottish Cup elimination at the hands of Annan Athletic.
The visitors struck with the last kick of the ball to take the tie 2-1 in Saturday’s replay after the teams had fought out a 0-0 draw at Galabank seven days earlier.
However, the coach is sure the players have what it takes to recover from the setback and get things back on track when the league resumes after a three week break.
“The guys are down and it will take a couple of days to get over it,” he said. “By the time Tuesday comes we will dust ourselves down and go again but we have to take a lot of positives out of the two games in terms of where we want to go as a club.”
The coach accepted his team had been unlucky over the course of the two Scottish Cup matches and praised Annan Athletic keeper Blair Currie for being the “man of the match” in both games.
But he was also disappointed at a number of refereeing decisions during the Ochilview match which did not go Shire’s way.
“We should be talking about our great team goal, about McKenna’s wonder half-volley to equalise and their keeper’s save which kept them in it with a minute to go,” he said. “But instead we are talking about refereeing decisions.
“We felt we should have had a penalty for handball early in the second half and we were looking for a free-kick for a clear foul when their boy goes on and scores at the end of the game. It’s a sore one to take.”
However, the coach says that despite the outcome of the game the players have nothing to feel sorry about. He says they matched their League 2 opponents all the way.
“At the start of the first game we said to the players to go out and show you are good enough to play at that level and they did that in abundance,” he said. “Each of them can be very proud of their own performances.”
To listen to John’s full post-game comments click on the link below.