Glenn Ferguson felt his Ballymena United side didn’t get their just rewards in Saturday’s 2-0 defeat by Crusaders.
“I was obviously disappointed with the result but I was pleased with the performance,” said Ferguson.
“I thought e showed a lot more hunger and desire and if we had just had a wee bit more in the final third, going and attacking balls, we could have got something from it.
“I don’t think we deserved to lose the game.”
Ferguson was also critical of referee Andrew Davey for failing to stamp down on what the manager believed was persistent fouling by Crusaders skipper Colin Coates, long before the defender was sent off in injury time for his second bookable offence.
“I’m not being biased but the game could have been so much different if the referee had done what referees are supposed to do.
“Colin Coates could have had four yellow cards.
“The first one in particular, how the referee hasn’t booked him after he cleaned Allan Jenkins out is beyond me.
“Then he raises his hands and pushes Matthew Tipton to the floor - to me, raising hands is another bookable offence if not worse.
“Then for some strange reason, the referee books him for his least aggressive foul in the game - the inconsistency of referees has risen its head again.”
Ferguson was also left to rue Allan Jenkins’ stunning first half volley which crashed back off the post with the score at 1-0.
“It was very Zidane-esque from the Champions League final a few years ago. He just caught it perfectly - six inches the other way and it was in and the complexion of the game changes.
“To go 2-0 down is an uphill struggle against anybody never mind Crusaders.
“It was hard to take because I honestly do think we deserved more from the game,” the United boss added.