Stirling Albion manager Stuart McLaren admits the manner of Saturday’s 4-3 defeat to Morton at Forthbank was a huge blow.
Sandy Cunningham’s early opener was cancelled out by Joe McKee but Ross McGeachie and Angus Beith had us 3-1 up.
The game was lost in a nightmare six-minute spell when Declan McManus bagged a double and Craig Wedderburn scored an own goal.
McLaren said: “The boys are shattered, as are Martyn Corrigan and myself. We are not angry with the players, just really deflated at the outcome of the game.
“Had we gone a little bit longer at 3-1 you probably gain some assurance from that – if we had used the ball better at that point we might even have had the chance to extend our lead because Morton had to come out.
“When it went to 3-2 the momentum shifts and, given our current plight, that element of doubt probably does creep in. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to stem the tide.”
Morton boss Jim Duffy said: “We’ve had a sticky spell recently and it was very important that we won the game.
“We can’t shy away from the fact that we were poor defensively but when we got back to 3-2 there was a real desire among the players – that goal was the turning point.”