Gary Bollan was disappointed that Forfar Athletic couldn’t put the game to bed when on top following their 2-1 defeat against Edinburgh City on Saturday.
The loss sees the lead cut to three points at the top of League Two but the manager is still confident with eight games of the league left to play.
Bollan lamented his team’s lack of finishing in the final third with only Jim Lister’s first half goal to show for their efforts.
He said: “I think in the first half we were in real control of the game and even in the second half, with the chances we had, we could have put the game to bed and we didn’t do that.
“I think it’s the best we’ve passed the ball around for a few weeks, but to concede the goal we did, I can’t comprehend defending like that in an important game.”
Two defensive errors allowed Derek Riordan and former Loon Lewis Allan to net for City and take all three points, something that irked Bollan, though he praised trialist keeper Bryn Halliwell.
“You can see the first goal that cost us was a poor defensive error, the second one as well,” said Bollan.
“We can’t allow players to cut inside on their strong foot. We were in control and Bryn had nothing to do bar tip one over the bar. It’s disappointing that we can’t put games to bed when we’re in control of the game.”
Arbroath are now just three points behind Forfar with a superior goal difference and the manager was quick to shoot down any claims of nervousness in the squad.
He said: “I don’t think there’s a nervousness in the team, why should there be?
“We’re top of the league and have been all season, it’s still in our hands.”