Arbroath star Jordan Lowdon admitted the whole squad were hurting after Saturday’s defeat to Stirling Albion.
The Lichties had chances to win the game before Stirling struck late on, and Lowdon says they could have claimed a valuable victory if they had taken advantage of those.
Lowdon said: “It is a sore one to take. The lads are all absolutely gutted because they have put everything into the game and it is just one chance at the end which ends up in the back of our net that loses us the game. We are gutted.
“It was a very even game. Both teams were in it and were going forward looking for the goal but the way we lost it hurts because of the way it went in and the timing of the goal as well.
“We had chances of our own but we couldn’t capitalise.”
The defeat could prove damaging in Arbroath’s quest for promotion, but the 23-year-old insisted they will keep fighting for their place in the playoffs.
He said: “We definitely have not given up. We will never give up on anything. In the position we are in just now, we just need to take things game by game and try and get that win.
“We need to gradually build ourselves back up again. We are not looking at anything just now other than winning on Tuesday.
“We know we have got good players and we do believe in ourselves. Every game we have lost has been a game that has been in the balance and could have gone either way.
“We know we can get the points we need. We have to stick together and stay focused, and if we do that I am sure it will come.”