Scott Rogers felt 4-0 was a harsh reflection of Willand Rovers’ Devon St Luke’s Bowl semi-final defeat to Plymouth Argyle on Wednesday.
Goals from Jack Calver, Ben Purrington, Tyler Harvey and Ollie Norburn saw the Pilgrims leave Silver Street with a spot in the final, with Dean Stamp being sent off with Willand 1-0 down.
Despite the one-sided nature of the scoreline, Rogers felt his men kept their League Two opponents honest for much of the contest.
“I think we matched them for a lot of the game and I don’t think there was much in it,” he said.
The last half-hour saw them pull away from us and, to be fair, they scored some quality goals but I thought there was not much in it for a lot of the game.
“We played a 4-4-2 and the boys did great, but to beat a professional side takes some doing and we were treading water by the end. Their fitness and quality shone through.”
Looking back on the match, player-manager Rogers blamed himself for not making some tactical changes earlier on.
“I did not play myself and I think I should have made a substitution not long after half-time. We were getting a bit tired and I should have brought myself on to pack the midfield a bit but I didn’t,” he continued.
“I just waited too long, but I am still learning all the time and I will learn from that one as well.”
Argyle will now go on to face Southern League Premier Division side Bideford in the final at Devon FA’s headquarters at Coach Road in Newton Abbot.
Rovers still have the Les Phillips Cup final to look forward to and the possibility of finishing third in the Western League Premier Division table.
Discussing Stamp’s red, Rogers admitted he was not shocked at the decision – which came about after a heavy challenge on Harvey.
But he insisted the Silver Street side still had plenty left to play for this campaign.
Rogers said: “To be fair, when I first looked at it I was expecting a red card – it didn’t look great.
“It probably looked worse than it was because he jumped in to get the ball and not the man, but it didn’t look very good.
“Dean will now miss the Les Phillips Cup final, which is a shame for him because he has had a good season.
“But we have five games to go including a cup final and I think we need eight points from 12 to finish third, so there is lots to play for still.”