Ian Murray had mixed emotions over the performance from his Airdrie players as they shipped four goals against Livingston at the Tony Macaroni Arena.
Despite taking the lead, the Diamonds were unable to see out the game and add to their tally as Livi came back from a goal down to win 4-1.
Speaking after the full-time whistle, the Airdrie manager said: “Sometimes score lines can be false and that is the case today. Bitterly disappointed to lose 4-1 but at the same time I’m delighted with the performance against a Premiership side.
“Of course, losing two goals in a minute or two minutes completely turns the game around. No qualms with those goals because I thought it was a penalty kick and it looked a penalty kick, but we should have had one at the other end.”
David Munro was the man in the middle for the afternoon and awarded Livingston a penalty to give them the chance to go 2-1 up. Murray believes his team should have been afforded the same opportunity but criticised the officials for their handling of the situation.
On the penalty incident Murray said: “It’s confusing for myself and the players because we were given advantage and I mean can you get a better advantage then a kick from 12 yards against the goalkeeper so it must have been a heck of an advantage.
“So that’s frustrating for us because if we had scored that that would have put us back at 3-2.”
Airdrie’s only goal of the afternoon came from Thomas Robert who scored a spectacular curling effort to put the Diamonds 1-0 up. The goal was also Robert’s first in senior football having played for Montpellier’s B team before his transfer to North Lanarkshire.
His manager was impressed with his performance and is now looking for him to kick on. Murray said: “Thomas was excellent again really good last week played really good today and scored a lovely goal cutting in on his right foot he’s got that ability.
“He’s now getting up to speed and getting used to Scottish football.”