Berwick manager Colin Cameron admitted to feeling a mixture of disappointment and frustration after watching his side fail to kill off Spartans in their Scottish Cup fifth round tie at Ainslie Park.
After taking an early lead, Berwick dominated the first half in front of a 2,500 crowd, and Cameron said his players should have put the hosts to the sword.
The loss of an injury-time equaliser, forced a replay at Shielfield next Tuesday (February 16) and the manager says they cannot afford to let Spartans off so lightly next time.
“The game should have been put to bed especially in the first half,” said Cameron.
“I thought we came out of the traps really well and it’s important we did that because we did not want to give Spartans any encouragement.
“We started the game well and got the early goal, and for half an hour I thought we controlled the game but then they started to come into it.
“I expected them to have a go at us because in previous games against Clyde and Morton they’ve improved. I think they just got a wee bit more belief as the game has gone on and they put us under more pressure.
“Darren Lavery had a really good chance to put us two-nil up but I thought there was always a chance Spartans would have opportunities.
“I said at half-time that Spartans had nothing to lose, they gave it a right go and probably deserved their replay.
“I felt some of my players were happy to sit back and protect the lead.”
Thrilled Spartans manager Samuel insists their incredible comeback against Morton in the last round inspired his side as they recorded another memorable result.
“I felt the guys had an early bout of stage fright, which is understandable when you lose a goal early on’” he said.
“Berwick got on the front foot very early, however towards half time we started to get into the game and I think the break came at a good time for us.
“Did I think the game was gone? Lets be honest when the board goes up for injury-time, I’ve been in the game long enough to know it’s unlikely you’re going to get one late.
“Maybe I should have had a bit more faith given that we scored a late one against Morton.
“I think that game gave us something at half-time to remind the players that they have ability, and just to back themselves more because I think in the first half some of the suffered from stage-fright.”
Goalscorer Ally MacKinnon said: “We knew if they (Berwick) brought their A game it shouldn’t have been a contest and we saw that in the first half, we were very lucky. They could have had two or three.
“The gaffer mentioned the Morton game at half-time because Morton gave us a battering in the first half just like Berwick did.
“But when the boys turn it on, we’re a tough team to play against. We just need to make sure we do that in the replay.”