Stirling Albion manager Dave Mackay admits he was shocked at how badly his side played as we crashed 5-3 to Lothian Thistle in the Scottish Cup at Forthbank on Saturday.
The East of Scotland League champions can now look forward to a third-round meeting with St Mirren on November 18 while we will be without a fixture.
Mackay said: “It’s probably the worst performance I’ve been involved with in football and I’ve taken some real big doings in my time. That was verging on laughable at times – right through the team we were woeful.
“They deserved it – 5-3 is a kinder reflection on us than it should have been. They battered us – they were hungrier than us and we just cannot defend. We work on it and work on it in training but then on a Saturday you get that.
“We missed Lee Hamilton, who had a back problem, because he is our best out-and-out defender – he actually enjoys defending. We looked so vulnerable and it can’t continue.”
Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale boss Raymond Carr said: “I’m not surprised by the performance because we always go and attack teams and we have players all over the park who can score goals. The players deserve to be playing at a higher level.
“It’s the biggest scalp we’ve had as a club so it ranks right up there for me in my time here. We lost the first goal but we knew we could come back. This is the sort of game the boys want to play in and Stirling maybe got a shock with us going 2-1 up.
“To be fair, I never envisaged us scoring five goals. I thought we’d need a bit of a luck to win but it was more than luck – we played exceptionally well and deserved to win.”