However it was Danny Olsen who scored the vital goal after 16 minutes following a mistake by home skipper Richard Dunne.
He said: "I felt this was the most difficult draw out of the teams we could have met and so it proved.
"We did not help ourselves, certainly in the first half, when they scored the winning goal. From that point of view it was very difficult.
"We needed a spark to help us unlock the door but we did not have that.
"However the second leg comes round we will have more games under our belt. Hopefully we will make a better fist of it than we did tonight."
The incident was caught on camera but the City manager said: "I haven't seen it so I can't comment."