Stirling Albion boss Dave Mackay was very unhappy with his side’s performance as Montrose won 3-1 at Forthbank in the IRN-BRU Cup.
Darren Smith’s late goal was little consolation after Andrew Steeves and Cammy Ballantyne’s double had the visitors in command.
Mackay said: “It’s hard to think of any positives. We were lethargic and we hardly worked their goalkeeper all night. It’s very disappointing because I wanted us to have a cup run but we’ll get a reaction on Saturday.
“We made a few changes but it was still a strong team we had out. We didn’t play with any tempo and I doubt Montrose will have an easier game all season.
“We’ll have Callumn Morrison back for Saturday but Sean Dickson is going to be out for around six weeks with a hip injury unfortunately and Lee Hamilton had to come off at half-time due to illness.”
Montrose manager Stewart Petrie said: “There was nothing in the game before the goal but goals change games and I was very happy with the second-half performance.
“Stirling are a good side so I’m delighted with the result. We made changes from Saturday and were able to give guys like Chris Templeman and Martyn Fotheringham a rest. We have competition for places now and that wasn’t the case two or three weeks ago.”