Stirling Albion manager Stuart McLaren admits his side’s display in the 3-1 defeat to Berwick Rangers at Forthbank on Saturday wasn’t good enough.
A Craig Comrie own goal and efforts from Finn Graham and Blair Henderson had the Borderers in command and Willie Robertson’s goal with 20 minutes left was little consolation.
McLaren, who confirmed that Jon Paul McGovern had been left out despite not being injured, said: “We’re very disappointed with our performance and we’ve had a discussion with the players – they are an honest bunch and they know they were well below standard for large parts of the game.
“What I will say is that the first goal is crucial. Their goalkeeper had a good save right at the start and Sean Dickson had a great chance – if we had gone ahead I think it would have been very different.
“We need to start keeping clean sheets so to concede the second goal before half-time was very disappointing and there were two or three mistakes that led to it.
“We are certainly not panicking – we have played three games out of 36 and we can easily make the ground up given the quality we have in the squad.
“With regards to Jon Paul, he spoke to me earlier in the week and voiced some issues he was unhappy with and made it clear he was not going to be committed to play at this time – it came as a shock but that is why he was not selected.”
Berwick Rangers player/manager Colin Cameron said: “We didn’t play well – we can do much better than that – but we were determined and worked hard – they had a lot of set-pieces but we won our headers.
“Don’t get me wrong, goals change games and we got a bit of a break when Sean Dickson missed a sitter for them but when our chances came we took them.”