Kilmarnock boss Kenny Shiels believes Second Division Stenhousemuir deserve their place in the third round of the Scottish Communities League Cup.
The holders went down 2-1 at Rugby Park with the visitors netting two first-half goals through Brown Ferguson and John Gemmell. And Shiels was keen to give the part-time side full credit for their victory.
"If you look at what happened on Saturday when we were fantastic against Dundee United, we didn't get much credit and it was all about how poor they were so I don't want to come across that way and talk about how poor we were," he said.
"I'd rather give credit to Stenhousemuir rather than talk about some of the faults in our play.
"They came here and played really well, were 2-0 up at half-time and it should have been more, and they were better than us and we're disappointed with the outcome."
The SPL side came off the back of a superb 3-1 win against Dundee United on Saturday but struggled to cope with the enthusiastic underdogs.
Kilmarnock were hampered early on when Jereon Tesselaar was substituted with a tight hamstring to add to a growing list of injury problems.
Shiels believes Killie will be challenged to field a competitive side for the weekend.
He added: "God knows how I'm going to put a side out for Saturday now with the injuries we have, but that's the challenge."
Stenhousemuir manager Martyn Corrigan was unavailable for comment.