Matthew Shiels says being told he was getting his Hamilton debut at Auchinleck was music to his ears.
But he revealed by full-time at Beechwood Park his ears were ringing with the painful sound of Talbot party tunes.
Accies were left stunned by the West of Scotland League Premier leaders as Tommy Sloan's side pulled off a 1-0 win to send their visitors crashing to a shock third round defeat.
It put a real dampener on Shiels' day in what was the former Rangers defender's first game of competitive football in almost a year.
And he admitted hearing the Talbot players celebrating in the dressing room next door just added to their woes.
He said: "When I found out I was starting I was buzzing.
"That's 11 months I've been out for so to finally get my chance, it was great to hear.
"I'm just gutted with the result and I wish things could have gone better on my first game back.
"Everybody is devastated.
"We could hear them in the next changing room blasting their music, it's not nice.
"But we need to sort it.
"We knew it was a tough place to come as soon as the draw was made.
"A few of the boys have played here before and they told us what it was like.
"I think we just got involved in their game, which we shouldn't have. We should have stuck to stuff we know, we should have moved the ball more and we should have created more than we did.
"Defensively, we should have been more organized and been ready for going behind.
"It was good to make my debut but I'm obviously really disappointed with the result."
Shiels penned a two-year deal at Accies after making his Ibrox exit in May 2020, but so far has spent much of his time on the treatment table, trying to recover from bone bruising.
Until Saturday, he hadn't kicked a ball in competitive action since December 2020, when he was on loan at Clyde from Rangers.
It was a surprise to see him start the game but he came through the full 90 minutes to earn some vital minutes.
He added: "I played the full 90 minutes which was great but I think there's still a bit of fitness to come.
"But that's expected because I've been out for so long."
Accies will be desperate to bounce back on Tuesday night when they face Kilmarnock in the SPFL Trust Trophy quarter-finals and Shiels could get another outing.
But he knows they will need to be miles better when Killie come calling.
He added: "It's good we've got a game on Tuesday night.
"We need to look forward to that but we can't just forget how disappointing this is.
"We need to learn from that game and make sure something like this doesn't happen again.
"It's good to have the game to work towards quickly."
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