Stirling Albion boss Stuart McLaren felt a lack of sharpness in both penalty areas was to blame for the 2-1 defeat to Queen’s Park at Forthbank on Saturday.
Sixteen-year-old Anthony Ralston got the winner for the visitors early in the second half after Steven Doris had quickly cancelled out John Carter’s opener midway through the first half.
McLaren said: “You work on lots of different aspects but there are two crucial ones – what happens in and around both penalty areas – and that proved to be the case. The first goal was a poor delivery from a set-piece but we still didn’t manage to defend it.
“We got back in the game with a great goal from Steven Doris and we missed a clear opportunity to take the lead then they went up the park, and again we didn’t defend properly which led to the winning goal.
“Our attacking play can still be better and it doesn’t help that the likes of Phil Johnston, Craig Beattie and Darren Smith are all out injured but it makes it difficult to win games when you concede daft goals.”
Queen’s Park manager Gus MacPherson said: “We’ve had to work very hard because Stirling put us under pressure in the second half. Anthony took his goal very well and we have been encouraging him to get forward because he is a big, strong boy for 16.
“We’ve played a lot better this season and lost – notably against Annan and Berwick – but this was a reward for grinding out a result and we defended pretty well.”