Dunfermline went down 3-1 to Inverness CT on Wednesday night.
The game went into extra time and saw two goals from Andrew Shinnie and Greg Tansey dash the Pars Scottish Cup hopes.
Speaking after the match, manager Jim McIntyre, said: “We are very disappointed; I felt that over the 90 minutes we had the best goal scoring opportunities. It is important when you are on a run like we are on, when you create opportunities like that, especially good opportunities that you take them. That can change the face of the game.
”The goal that we gifted gave Inverness the lift to control the next twenty minutes. I couldn’t believe that when it happened; it has happened too many times this season and it is a hammer blow to the confidence that it happens again as you saw. Their tails were up after they hadn’t really threatened us at all.
”I think they had only had one shot in open play during the ninety minutes which Smith had to tip over the bar. It just handed the initiative to them.”