Stirling Albion assistant manager Marc McCulloch admits the performance in the 3-1 defeat to Montrose on Saturday was unacceptable.
Gary Thom headed us into an early lead but a Kieran McAnespie own goal hauled the visitors level and they deservedly claimed their first away win of the season with goals from Leighton McIntosh and Scott Morton.
Albion forward Steven Weir and Stephen McNally of Montrose were sent off by referee Andrew Dallas after they clashed in the second half.
McCulloch said: “For the first time, I can honestly say I’m embarrassed and I want to apologise to the fans. The first 45 minutes wasn’t acceptable – it looked like we had played a game 48 hours ago – and the goals we conceded were easily avoidable.
“We genuinely believe we have a squad here who are capable of achieving top four. Some starts go different ways – I was at Arbroath a few years ago when we won one of our first 10 games and went on to win the league.
“However, Saturday was unacceptable and we will be doing our utmost at training on Tuesday and Thursday to put things right for the Peterhead game.”
Montrose manager Stuart Garden said: “I thought we did really well in the first half and could even have been further ahead at half-time. It was pleasing to create a lot of chances and the movement from the strikers was excellent.
“Elgin last week was our poorest performance this season so I’m delighted to get the three points. We needed a reaction from the players and we certainly got it.”