New Forfar Athletic signing Andrew Steeves was bitterly disappointed with the manner of the side’s 2-1 defeat to East Fife on Saturday.
The former St Johnstone defender, 20, was making his competitive bow alongside Stephen Husband, Danny Denholm and Dale Hilson - the latter two having returned to Forfar following previous spells.
And Steeves admits he knew the defending for East Fife’s two goals, simple headers for both Jon McShane and Ewan Moyes, should have been better.
He told the Dispatch: “I’m massively disappointed with that, especially after we had five or six pre-season games winning most of them. In the first competitive game, to play like we did, was very disappointing.
“It’s easy to come out second half and play better like we did when you’re two goals down, but you can’t start a game like that and expect to win.
“As a defender I’ve got to look at the two goals and think that we can defend them much better. I’ve given a silly foul away for the second one. It’s very disappointing.
“It’s a cup game, you’re looking to go and progress but it’s better to lose this one than to lose a crucial one later in the season - it’s good to learn these lessons now I suppose.”
Andrew, recently released by Scottish Cup winners St Johnstone, was gutted to hear the news from the Perthshire club but said he was delighted to be offered the chance to start a trial at Forfar Athletic by coach Barry Sellars, who he knew from his Saints days.
And Steeves said he was thrilled with the Loons from the beginning, with the opportunity to work with an experienced boss like Dick Campbell extremely attractive.
He continued: “I just have to thank the people at Forfar for having me. Hopefully I’ll make an impression on them this year and help them achieve their goals.
“The manager’s experience in the game is pretty much second to none.”