Johnstone Burgh boss Jamie McKim insists his players must learn to take their chances when they come after their wastefulness cost them a spot in the next round of the Scottish Challenge Cup.
The hosts at Keanie Park suffered a horror start to the second round tie when they went behind after just two minutes.
In-form Jay Keenan restored parity towards the end of the first half with a fine finish, with Burgh going on to dominate proceedings after the break.
They missed a host of gilt-edged chances, including from the penalty spot as Brian Connor fluffed his lines, allowing the visitors to take the clash to extra time.
There they pinched the win with just four minutes to go, a late blow which McKim described as a ‘sickener’ due to their profligacy in front of goal.
McKim told Express Sport: “It was incredibly frustrating to lose that late, especially with the amount of chances we created.
“It was ridiculous how many one-on-one’s we missed, at least three gilt-edged chances.
“The penalty was poor as well but we’re not going to hang Brian out to dry because he’s been excellent for us so far this season.
“It never should have got to extra time though, and to lose it with just four minutes left to play was a real sickener.
“I have to credit Greenock. They worked hard and they took the chances they created.
“We seriously need to learn from this though because it’s happening far too often now that we don’t get the goal return our play deserves.”
Burgh face more cup action this weekend when they travel north to take on Dundee East Craigie in the third round of the Scottish Cup.
The Keanie Park side were victorious on their trip to the same city in the second round, and McKim believes the pressure is on his players to send the club into the next round where they could net themselves a money-spinning opponent.
McKim said: “It’ll be another tough trip up to Dundee but clearly we’ll be hoping for the same result as the last round.
“We’ll be going as strong as we can with our selection this weekend coming as it’s a big competition. You want to go as far as you possibly can in it.
“There’s a responsibility on me and the players as well because we know if we get through and draw a big club then it can secure a big gate.
“The bigger teams always bring bigger crowds and that can make a big difference in terms of helping the budget.
“We’ve taken scalps in this competition before too so we’re hoping we’re still in the hat come Saturday evening.”
One Burgh youngster who did himself no harm on his competitive senior debut was Aidan McLaughlin.
He made the step up from the club’s development side for Saturday’s defeat to Greenock, and McKim was delighted with how he stood up to the challenge.
McKim added: “Aidan has probably been the best player for the development team in the last seven or eight weeks.
“He’s been scoring goals and creating goals regularly and he was superb against Greenock.
“He stepped up really well and got himself the assist for Keenan’s goal.
“It’s not usually the kind of game I’d bring a youngster in for, as Greenock can be a pretty physical outfit. He stood up to the challenge well and gave us a bit more creativity from the left flank.
“He certainly did himself no harm in terms of getting more opportunities in the first team.”