Greig McDonald felt his side deserved better than to be on the wrong end of a 1-0 defeat to East Stirlingshire at Ochilview on Saturday.
Iain Thomson netted the only goal from the spot in first-half stoppage time after Ross McGeachie had been penalised for a push on Nathan Shepherd before David McClune and Kieran McAnespie were sent off in the closing stages.
The Binos boss said: “It’s a sore one. I don’t think David Crawford’s had a save to make in the whole game. Don’t get me wrong, we didn’t particularly work their goalkeeper either but we had a few good chances.
“I’m not going to shy away from the fact that there were deficiencies in our performance, and we made mistakes, but that’s not the main story of the game.
“I think the penalty was soft but I’ve seen them given and I’ve seen them not given. As regards the first red card, for me David was just protecting himself when he jumped for the ball but the referee saw it as serious foul play.
“Kieran is an experienced player and should know to keep his mouth shut but there was a lot of frustration out there.”
East Stirlingshire manager John Coughlin: “There wasn’t much for the purist but it’s a really important result. If Stirling had beaten us and then beat Elgin on Tuesday they would have been away from us.
“I know they are unhappy with the penalty but, from the angle I was at, there were definitely two hands on Nathan Shepherd’s back, although the ball was over his head.”