Cobram Roar fell to a frustrating 1-0 defeat at the hands of Wangaratta City in its round 11 AWFA clash on Sunday.
Despite dominating proceedings and creating a bevy of chances to score, the Roar were unable to find the back of the net.
Throw into the mix some dubious refereeing decisions, including a disallowed goal for offside, and the result was even harder to swallow for an undermanned Cobram side.
Despite just falling short, coach Bill Puckett was proud of the fight his troops showed.
‘‘To not get anything out of the game felt harsh. I thought it was probably the best football we’ve played. The fight and the character from every single player was probably the best they’ve shown all season,’’ Puckett said.
‘‘We lacked a bit of experience in key moments, perhaps, but on another day those shots go in and we win 3-0.’’
It has been an indifferent season for the Roar to this point. They lost key personnel before the season, lost a star import during the season and have often been forced to play youngsters because of injuries.
Despite all this, their style of play is evolving each week as they gel together and they are beginning to move away from a direct style of play, according to Puckett.
‘‘I really felt during the 90 minutes on the weekend we passed the ball well, were composed and calm on the ball throughout the game,’’ he said.
‘‘It was my second game back from injury and I noticed a big difference in the way we orchestrated our attacks compared to last week.’’
The Roar face the unusual challenge of playing a mid-week match on Thursday night against Twin City in Wodonga. It is a catch-up game after the same fixture was rescheduled two weekends ago.