Linlithgow boss Danny Smith admitted losing five goals over two legs of a semi-final was not ‘Junior Cup-winning material’.
Smith’s men lost 5-4 on aggregate to Musselburgh Athletic after Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Olivebank.
And after seeing the home side clinch a Dyslexia Scotland Scottish Junior Cup final date with Auchinleck Talbot, Smith said: “I’m gutted, absolutely gutted.
“I was looking for a reaction after last week’s abysmal performance and I got it but to lose five goals in two games is not Scottish Cup-winning material.
“We gave away really soft goals again and you don’t win big games doing that. We gave them a dream start but got ourselves back in the game and the tie when we took the lead. Again, though, we gave away another soft goal and that was that.
“After the second goal our heads dropped and there was no way back. We were a goal down at the break and I said to the players just go out there and give it all you’ve got and they did, getting us back on level terms over the two legs but we threw it all away only minutes later.”
Smith insisted his team can’t afford to dwell on the disappointment, with plenty of football still to be played.
He said: “We congratulate Musselburgh for getting to the final and we wish them all the best.
“There were a lot of long faces in our dressing-room and you could have heard a pin drop because they now know what I was talking about last week.
“But we can’t feel sorry for ourselves because we still have a lot to play for this season.”