Ollie Horgan admitted he had "mixed" feelings after his Finn Harps side's FAI Cup opening round win over St Patrick's Athletic and hit out at the "atrocious" fixture congestion over the last two weeks.
Coming days after a league defeat against the same side, which has left the Donegal club second from bottom in the SSE Airtricity Premier Division table above Cork City on goals difference, Harps boss Horgan said three points in the league would be more valuable than Monday night's cup win in light of their current predicament.
"Probably a little bit mixed," he told RTÉ Sport of his feelings immediately after full-time.
"We'd have preferred it to be a league game or if we got a result in Inchicore. I don't think realistically that Finn Harps are going to win a cup in 2020.
"We're trying to survive in the division. Probably better staying in [the cup] than losing again but you'd swap it for a point in a league game or three points even better to put it that way.
"But before the game, we'd have gladly taken that, although we've picked up a lot of knocks and we could have done with a bye going into the last-16 easier."
Horgan highlighted the issue of fixture congestion for his players since League of Ireland action first resumed on the August Bank Holiday weekend.
"We've played four games here in nine days. Absolutely atrocious stuff for anyone," he said, adding that his team have played on a Saturday, Tuesday, Friday and now Monday over the last four fixtures and that "we are not one bit happy in the club about it".
"Part-time or full-time, there are lads in there - the walking wounded - who couldn't play. It doesn't add up.
"Is that the reason we lost our three games? It probably isn't because we won tonight but could we not play midweek every second week and give the lads some sort of breathing space to recover?
"But in fairness, the five substitutes rule probably is a positive that the league has implemented and only for that, we mightn't have fielded a team tonight."