Both managers agreed it was hard to believe it ended 0-0 at Forthbank between Stirling Albion and East Stirlingshire in the local derby on Saturday.
The result means we stay second from bottom in Ladbrokes League 2, two points ahead of our local rivals as we prepare for Tuesday’s Scottish Cup second-round replay with East Fife.
Binos boss Stuart McLaren said: “We started well and I don’t know how many chances and good openings we had but we also have to admit that East Stirlingshire had some very good chances as well.
“The game could have finished 6-5. I think that we shaded it overall and their goalkeeper had some terrific saves. The desire and the hunger was there and it’s four games undefeated and three clean sheets in a row but we need to be more ruthless.”
On the red card shown to Ross Smith for a heavy tackle on Nathan Shepherd in stoppage time, McLaren added: “I think fatigue maybe played a part in Ross’ decision making. He was desperate to try to win the ball but it was certainly late – I thought a yellow card might have sufficed but the referee felt it was dangerous.”
Shire gaffer Craig Tully said: “It could easily have been 4-4 to be honest. I thought we had the better chances in the game, especially near the end. We’ll take the point as it’s our first one away from home.
“That’s two clean sheets in a row in the league now after beating Elgin two weeks ago and we are getting some important players like Chris Townsley and Ross Gilmour back after injury which is a big boost.”