St Johnstone boss Tommy Wright conceded his side did not deserve to beat Inverness Caledonian Thistle.
But that didn’t make their opponents’ injury time winner any easier to stomach.
Richard Foster’s 80th minute rocket from the corner of the box had cancelled out Ross Draper’s headed opener.
With the game looking as if it was drifting to a satisfactory 1-1 draw for the Perth men, they were denied in stoppage time when Josh Meekings scrambled the ball over the line from a corner.
Wright thought the eventual defeat was harsh on his side.
“It is a cruel ending but over the piece I’d say they probably deserved it,” he said. “But when you’re away from home you expect the opposition to come at you.
“In the first half we didn’t do enough for ourselves but in saying that, we had a couple of good opportunities and didn’t put the ball in the box.
“We did ever so well to get back into the game and were then in the ascendancy, but somehow we managed to give it back to Inverness through giving away stupid free-kicks and allowing pressure to build on us.”
He added: “Our game management has to be better away from home as well. We were loose and allowed them back in the game.
“We’re getting everyone fit and we’re four games into the season. There’s not a lot to worry about.”