Stirling Albion boss Stuart McLaren apologised to the fans after we were thrashed 6-0 by leaders East Fife at Forthbank on Saturday.
Ross Brown and Kevin Smith scored early on and we fell apart in the last 20 minutes when substitute Nathan Austin (2), Stevie Campbell and Ali Coote, also on as a sub, ensured our biggest home defeat since Falkirk won by the same score in a First Division match in January 1998.
McLaren said: “It was poor from us from the very early stages. As a group, there is nothing more we can do than put our hands up and apologise to the supporters and everyone associated with the club and make sure we do everything we can from now on to rectify it.
“We lost Ross Smith in the warm-up then Scot Buist suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury but that’s nothing to do with the outcome of the game – the 11 boys on the park are capable of far, far better than that. It was nowhere near good enough.
“You never say it’s over until it’s over (in terms of the play-offs) but you have to be a realist at the same time and say it would take something unbelievable to change it round now.”
East Fife manager Gary Naysmith said: “I thought Stirling would probably need to win this game and that pressure can make teams nervous so I asked the players to start like they did last week and they did just that.
“From 25 minutes to maybe about 50 minutes we had to manage the game. Stirling might have deserved a goal during that period which could have made it different – but to be able to bring Fash (Nathan Austin) on at 2-0 is a good position to be in.”