Dick Campbell was bitterly disappointed to see his side blow a chance to go joint top of the league as they lost 3-2 away to Peterhead.
Gavin Swankie had given Forfar Athletic a second minute lead at Balmoor Stadium as the Loons enjoyed a blistering start to the encounter.
I didn’t think we deserved any more from the game, Peterhead deserved to win.Dick Campbell
But the hosts stormed into control after 25 minutes and Forfar were stunned as Jamie Redman and Andy Rodgers both scored within a minute of each other right at the end of the first half.
Stuart Malcolm was then sent off in the second half for lashing out at Rodgers.
Substitute Danny Denholm headed the Loons level on 82 minutes but Gary McDonald won his side the points five minutes later after Forfar didn’t clear a corner.
Campbell was upset with the standard of his side’s defending for the three goals they conceded.
The boss said: “You couldn’t get an easier start than that. The first 20 minutes we were over them like a rash, we’ve had three or four chances in the first five minutes. Then we’ve just stopped playing.
“I can’t believe the goals we’ve lost defensively. It was 2-1 to Peterhead at half time, you’d never have thought it’d be that score after the way we started the game. Then Malcolm gets sent off. I’ve never seen a boy go down so quick and get back up so quick. We got back in the game at 2-2 with a magnificent goal for us.
“I thought it was a foul before it went down to the corner just before their goal, but the referee didn’t see it. The ball’s come to the back post and we’ve not dealt with it. If you defend like that you don’t win games.
“It’s a sore one to take because we could’ve gone joint top of the league.
“I didn’t think we deserved any more from the game, Peterhead deserved to win the game. I’m not going to stand here and say anything different. I’m really disappointed after the start we had to the game.”
His Blue Toon counterpart Jim McInally praised his players’ character after the way they regrouped following the Loons’ excellent start to the game.
He said: “We had a horrific start to the game, for the first 10 minutes we were really poor. I was very disappointed at the goal because I keep harping on about set pieces. I told them before the game how good a player Gavin Swankie is, and how loves to cut in on his right foot. We went to sleep, we were too busy organising for the bigger guys at the back post - we switched off to their best player.
“We were all over the place for a while. We’ve got a lot of guts and I thought after 20 minutes we controlled the game. We got our two goals deservedly first half and we lost another goal late on to a set piece. We could’ve had our heads down but we came back again and all credit to the players.”