Dunfermline manager Allan Johnston praised his players as they came so close to beating Dundee United.
The Pars took the lead through Michael Paton in last night’s Scottish League Cup third round tie at Tannadice but eventually lost 3-1 to the Tangerines after extra-time.
It was a sore one for the League One side, who did themselves and their large travelling support proud.
Johnston said: “I think when you look back at the performance there were a lot of positives.
“I thought it was different class from start to finish.
“We were a wee bit unfortunate to come away with a defeat and you can see that in the reaction of the fans.
“They really appreciated the effort the boys put in.
“On another day, had we taken our chances we might have won the game. That’s maybe what we need to learn from this.
“When you step up a couple of levels you need to take your chances.”
Meanwhile, the consortium that includes United chairman Stephen Thompson has agreed a deal to buy Newcastle Jets and it will be formally announced next month.
Jets chief executive David Eland confirmed that Football Federation Australia officials are confident it will go ahead.
Eland said: “The FFA has advised me today that the broad terms of the sale have been agreed.”