COVE Rangers manager Paul Hartley feels we were unfortunate to lose 1-0 to Auchinleck Talbot in a William Hill Scottish Cup Second Round tie we totally dominated for the bulk of the 90 minutes.
Striker Jimmy Scott also hit the woodwork late in the second half but it was Talbot who advanced to the third round thanks a Dwayne Hyslop header two minutes from time.
It’s the second season in a row that we have lost out narrowly in Ayrshire at the same stage of the competition.
Paul said: “We had so much possession we didn’t deserve to lose but we know that can happen in cup football.
“Despite how much we were on top we would have taken a 0-0 to take the tie back up the road because it looked as if that was what was going to happen.
*We maybe didn’t work their keeper as much as we would have liked but I just couldn’t see us losing because we had so much of the ball.
“Unfortunately, possession doesn’t always win you the game and Auchinleck made the best of their only real opportunity.
“We also lost concentration, we know we can do better than we did at the goal.
“It means we are out of the cup so all we can do now is move on.
*Fair play to Auchinleck, they defended in numbers, they were solid and nice and compact.
“We found it difficult to get through them, we just couldn’t find that final cutting edge that our domination probably deserved.
“It’s not like us, we had scored in every game so far this season, but that’s the sort of stuff that can happen in cup football.
“We are out so on we go and turn our attention to seeing if we can build on the good start we have made to our league campaign.
“Good luck to Auchinleck in the next round but we now have to regroup and make sure we are ready to go again for our next game.”
Unfortunately, we will have a longer than expected wait before we return to Ladbrokes League Two action.
We were due to entertain Albion Rovers at Balmoral Stadium on Saturday but with their Second Round tie ending in a 1-1 draw with Highland League side Fort William, the replay will now take place on that date instead.