A 2-0 defeat at Stenhousemuir in the Petrofac Cup was not what Iain Davidson wanted for his first 90 minutes of the season.
But the midfielder, who is embarking on his second spell with Raith Rovers, was at least happy to get the game under his belt as he rebuilds his fitness after missing out on pre-season.
“From a personal point of view the good thing to come out of it was the 90 minutes - that’s what I’ve been needing and craving,” he told the Press.
“But first and foremost it’s about the team and we obviously let ourselves down and got what we deserved.
“It’s not nice to come back into a defeat, it’s very disappointing.
“We had chances in the first half, but you’ve got to take them when they come along because it’s come back to haunt us.
“I thought they were the better team in the second half and done all the nasty stuff you need to do.
“It’s all about how you react, that’s the biggest thing now. We’ve got to bounce back.”
Davidson’s first start followed two substitute appearances in the league openers against Livingston and Falkirk.
“I’ve been impressed with the boys,” he said.
“I came in just before the Livi game and we created loads of chances in that game and it could’ve been more.
“Against Falkirk we definitely deserved something. I could’ve scored at the end and so could Mitch. Mark Stewart’s had a one-on-one as well.
“There’s chances there, but if you don’t take them they come back to bite you.
“We’re home to Alloa on Saturday so we’ve got to try take advantage of that.”
With competition for places in midfield and defence, Davidson recognises that he faces a fight to earn his place in the Raith team under Ray McKinnon.
“Time will tell,” he said. “They were looking for a bit of experience - it’s a young suad - and I can play two positions.
“There’s definitely competition there so it’s up to me as an individual to stake a claim for a place in that team.
“I’m a bit rusty but hopefully once I get a couple of games under my belt you’ll hopefully see the best of me again.”