Derek Adams says the scoreline against Sheffield Wednesday on Tuesday night wasn’t a fair reflection on his side’s performance over the 90 minutes.
The hosts netted their first goal inside the first minute courtesy of Barry Bannan before adding a second through Josh Windass on 22 minutes.
Wednesday rounded off the scoring three minutes before the 90 in contentious circumstances after Windass seemingly converted with his arm, and the gaffer says the scoreline was harsh on his players.
"I think, throughout the 90 minutes, we didn't deserve to lose by the scoreline that we've lost tonight," he said.
"It was always going to be a difficult night, but to lose a goal so quickly made it even more difficult, they got a quick start, it helped them to get a foothold in the game.
"Not long after that, they got the second goal and we had to obviously try and defend well at times and we did, and in the end, we limited Sheffield Wednesday to very few opportunities on target tonight.
"The third goal was a handball, it's come across so late in the game and we didn't deserve that."
Adams spoke in his pre-match press conference about the importance of team spirit, and despite defeat at Hillsborough, he was impressed with the effort shown by his players.
"To be fair to the players, they stuck in there, they showed very good character, we're coming up against a team who have been fantastic, they're on a great run," he added.
"We've been to Derby, Ipswich and now Sheffield Wednesday in our last three away games, and that's not easy; I would say we had some good moments in the game, there was some decent bits of play and there was a resilience there as well.
"We might have just been able to do that in that first period, get it back to 2-1, but we didn't.
"There wasn't much in the game the second half, yes Sheffield Wednesday had a lot of the ball, we didn't really threaten going forward until the latter stages of the game, but it wasn't for the want of trying and that's what we've come here to do."