SAUCHIE assistant manager Adrian Hanson backed his team to learn from some harsh lessons as they lost thanks to a last minute goal for the second game running.

The Beechwood Park outfit were leading 2-1 thanks to goals from Ryan Millar and Stewart Houston.

But, after Darren Cummings missed a penalty, Crossgate Primrose hit back and dealt a killer blow to make it three defeats from three for Sauchie.

And Hanson insisted the side would have to quickly learn from their mistakes.

He told Advertiser Sport: “It was terrible on Saturday. Once again just can’t get a break at all right now. We are not able to see a game out.

“The disappointing thing for us is that we missed a penalty, but that’s not cost us the game. We are still leading then.

“We should be able to see a game out and it’s a little soul destroying right now.

“To lose a 2-1 lead with less than ten to go is just another kick in the teeth and we have to learn very quickly.”

Hanson was quick to insist that no one in the squad was laying any blame at the feet of Cummings and backed the striker’s impressive record for the club.

He continued: “We are beginning to learn these lessons and the boys have done well so far this season.

“But, it’s hard to say that to people having lost the last three games. We need to keep doing what we are doing in games and at training.

“We won’t change the manner in which we play. At the end of the day we made a choice to go with a younger squad and with that brings enthusiasm, pace, lack of fear, but aligned with that it brings a lack of experience.

“We know that and know fine well. It won’t all be plain sailing.

“There will be nobody getting over excited about three or four losses and we won’t be pressing the panic button any time soon.”

Despite the bitter defeat, Hanson insisted there were still plenty of positives to take into next weekend’s cup match away to Dalbeattie Star.

He added: “Conor Langton was back to his old self and causing them all sorts of problems in the first half. Darren Petrie was playing well.

“There’s certainly positives, no doubt about that whatsoever.

“Again, just a cruel, cruel game. It sounds like sour grapes, but there isn’t a team we’ve played who’s completely dominated us or cut us open.

“Although it’s hard to say it’s pleasing right now, we are the ones contributing to our own downfall.

“We aren’t getting well beaten and I know we can sort it out.”