Paul Martin was left with mixed emotions after his Albion Rovers side put themselves in pole position in the Second Division play-off final against Annan Athletic – after what he believes was an under-par performance.
Martin looked on as his team beat Harry Cairney's men 3-1 in the first leg at Cliftonhill on Wednesday, to leave themselves within touching distance of making the step up.
Robert Love's hat-trick means they will travel south for the second leg with a sound advantage, but Martin was still far from happy with how his players went about their business.
He said: "I'm pleased with the result, but it wasn't a fantastic performance. We like to set high standards for ourselves and try to play good football, and I honestly don't feel as if we did that.
"There was a big crowd at the game, and although we picked up the victory, I was a little disappointed with our application. For a period we were awful.
"I'm still delighted with the win, though, and would probably even have taken a draw beforehand.
"Robert may have missed a lot of chances this season, but he is a hard worker and has given us a great chance."
On Sunday, Rovers travel to Galabank – where they have not won in 15 months – hoping to secure their first promotion in 22 years.
But Martin added: "Annan are a good side who can certainly cause us problems. There is a long, long way to go in this tie."