PAUL DAVIES admits Newmains’ push to snatch something against Vale of Leven cost them more goals.
With both sides down to ten men and United trailing 4-2 Davies and co-boss Craig Gupwell went for it.
But that left gaps at the back and the Alexandria outfit picked them off.
Davies said: “It was a competitive second half but I’ll hold my own hands up.
“When I committed players at 4-2 to try and get a goal back we left ourselves exposed at the back and lost two silly goals chasing the game.
“Our performance was rusty at best and not at the levels we’ve set and expect from a Newmains team that has proved people wrong so far this season.”
United found themselves 2-0 down by the 17-minute mark after strikes from Adam Monaghan and Lee Mcgeachy then saw Paul Donaghy sent packing for a second yellow card for dissent on the stroke of half-time.
But the visitors pulled one back from the spot as David Banks slotted home after The Vale had a man sent off too.
Mcgeachy then restored The Vale’s two-goal advantage before David McNaught made it 4-1.
James Lafferty grabbed a second for Newmains to give them hope only for Mcgeachy to fire home No5 and Andrew Clark to round things off with a sixth.
Davies added: “Scores in football are not always a reflection of the game. We battled well for the first 20 minutes but then we lost two silly goals.
“Paul Donaghy’s second yellow card for answering the referee back killed us.”