Ryan Conroy admitted there were regrets in the Raith Rovers changing room on Friday night after missing out on a big chance to claim a rare double over Rangers.
The winger’s 70th minute goal proved to be nothing more than a consolation in a disappointing performance that failed to live up to the heroic Scottish Cup win at Ibrox two weeks earlier.
“We’re pretty disappointed in the changing room,” Conroy told the Press.
“We were a wee bit flat compared to how we played against them a couple of weeks ago.
“We knew there would be a backlash after beating them but we maybe gave them a bit too much respect.
“It took us until we got the goal to start putting a bit of pressure on them.
“We sat back too much and never got in their faces the way we did at Ibrox.
“They’ve got a great squad so it was always going to be difficult to beat them two weeks on the trot.
“Rangers played pretty well, but we know we can play a lot better.”
Conroy stressed that Friday’s defeat, Rovers’ first in 2015, will not knock the squad’s confidence.
“That’s the unbeaten run gone but hopefully we can start another next week,” he said. “One game doesn’t change the way we’ve been playing.
“We’ve been unbeaten over the last couple of months so we need to take confidence from that. We can’t let one defeat change everything.”
Conroy’s goal on Friday was his ninth of the season and solidified his place as the club’s current top scorer ahead of striker Christian Nade, who is on seven.
“I try to score in every game so I’ll hopefully get a few more before the end of the season,” he said.
“Last year I only scored seven in this league so I’ve beat that already.
“I managed 11 or 12 in my first season at Dundee but I normally aim for about 15.
“If I can get anywhere near that I’ll be happy.”
Conroy is now gunning for revenge against Livingston following the 5-1 home defeat in November.
“We were down to 10 men early that day but there was still no excuse for losing 5-1,” he said.
“When that happens you always remember it when you play the same team again, so we’ll hopefully go and put that right on Saturday.”