Binos boss Greig McDonald admitted that Ayr United were worthy winners after they claimed a 3-1 victory at Forthbank on Saturday.
A double from 17-year-old winger Alan Forrest and a Brian Gilmour goal, two minutes after Gordon Smith had pulled one back from the penalty spot, kept the Honest Men at the top of League 1.
McDonald said: “We weren’t at the races and Ayr deserved to win. We stood off them and they won’t have many easier days than that. It’s probably the worst I have seen us play for about a year.
“We got ourselves back in the game but conceding the third goal straight away killed us. The players are very disappointed because it’s our first home game of the season and they had wanted to put on a show.
“It’s good that we’ve got the Alloa cup tie coming up on Tuesday night because we are desperate to bounce back from this disappointment.”
Ayr United manager Mark Roberts said: “I thought we dominated the game from start to finish and never looked under much pressure – it was a great performance and the wee lad Alan Forrest is on a different level.
“We played Brian Gilmour a bit further forward because he is a clever player and it worked well for us but all the players did well.”