The visitors missed a number of opportunities to win the game but Calum Hendrie was the only one able to convert, pulling the score back to 1-1 with a tidy finish after excellent work from Iain Syme.
And the gaffer admits his side are in a poor run, saying if they don’t win this week against Ballingry Rovers then they’ll be in serious trouble.
Duncan told Advertiser Sport, “I’m really gutted. We didn’t deserve the win. We played well at times and created a lot of chances but at the end of the day it’s about how many goals you score. It’s disappointing to leave Lochee with nothing but we didn’t deserve it because we couldn’t take our chances.
“We’re really in a sticky patch right now, we seem to be struggling for the simple things. We haven’t got going at all and the last four or five games have showed that, we’ve been really poor. But we need to figure that out.
“That’s the thing about this league, if you go through two or three defeats you’ll find yourself in the bottom part of the table. We’d got ourselves out of there with that big run we went on and it was great being near the top of the league but unfortunately, with the results going against us we’re right back down there.”
Sauchie will host Ballingry Rovers this Saturday, a team they hammered 8-0 earlier in the season, but Fraser is under no illusions about the chances of that scoreline repeating itself.
“We’ve got a home game against Ballingry next week and we should be winning all our home games anyway. But if we don’t win that game then we will really be in trouble. We need a hard week’s training, we need everybody there all working hard and pulling together. It’s going to be a totally different game to the 8-0. We’ve spoken about that and it was a one-off, it’ll be nothing like that at home. We’ll need to go out and work hard for every little thing. Ballingry are going to be solid and look to get us back. We need a victory to go into the Scottish with a bit of confidence too.”
Recent fixtures have been blighted by poor refereeing decisions but Fraser was quick to praise the officiating in the Lochee game, calling it one of the best the team have had in ages.
He continued, “I’ve got to give major credit to the referee for his performance in the game, I thought he was outstanding and it’s a great change after the last three or four weeks we’ve had. He’s the best referee we’ve had in a long time. I’m going home with a little bit of faith in the referees after that. I thought he was spot on with pretty much every decision he made.
“But team-wise, we’re really toiling right now. I’ve got a big squad and now I need to be looking at it and thinking to myself about cutting the squad a bit, maybe trimming things so I can bring one or two things in if that’s what’s needed.”
One key player the manager will need to do without over the next few weeks is midfielder Brian Morgan, who picked up a three-game suspension after collecting a yellow card on Saturday.
Fraser confessed Morgan’s omission is a massive loss, saying, “Brian’s been excellent for us this season and he’s going to be a huge loss. We needed him for the Ballingry game, and I don’t even need to talk about us needing him for Kilwinning Rangers in the Scottish.
“But Brian always gives you 110% on the park. He’s the type of player that will give you everything and he will pick up yellow cards. If you took that out of his game he wouldn’t be the same player.
“If I had another four or five Brian Morgans then we wouldn’t be at this end of the table.”