Stirling Albion boss Stuart McLaren paid tribute to his players after the 1-0 win over Montrose at Forthbank in Ladbrokes League 2 on Saturday.
Ross McGeachie was sent off early in the second half but Chris Smith saved Ross McCord’s penalty and Ross McMillan scored the winner in the 69th minute with a superb header from a Ross Forsyth free-kick.
McLaren said: “I’m proud of the players because that was a lot of hard work and I thought they also played with a degree of intelligence.
“The first half wasn’t at the level we want but we kept it fairly tight – after the penalty decision I felt we played really well with 10 men.
“At the time I was annoyed at the penalty award but Ross McGeachie knows he allowed the striker to come off his shoulder – he has tried to recover and there is a bit of contact. Once the referee made the decision it has to be a red card as it was a clear goalscoring opportunity but it was a great save from Chris Smith.”
Frustrated Montrose manager Paul Hegarty said: “I thought that up until the penalty miss we dominated the game but we were poor in the final third.
“They were better with 10 men and were strong and resilient, so all credit to them for getting the three points, but we know we can play much, much better than that.
“I’ve told the players in no uncertain terms that was not acceptable. The more I see of this league, the more I think it’s down to who wants it more on the day.”