Stirling Albion boss Stuart McLaren admitted it was a below-par display as an impressive St Johnstone team won 4-0 at McDiarmid Park.
First-half goals from Steven Anderson, Steven MacLean and Liam Craig and a stoppage-time fourth from David Wotherspoon saw Saints cruise to victory as they topped Betfred Cup Group B while we finished third in the table.
Goalkeeper Chris Smith was taken to hospital after suffering concussion in a heavy fall but thankfully the situation was less serious than initially feared and he was discharged from hospital on Saturday evening.
McLaren said: “There seems to be no damage to his neck but Chris suffered some concussion. There was a great response from the medical teams and the main thing is that he is OK but we will probably be without him for a couple of games.
“We are a little bit annoyed with the first half. I think we showed St Johnstone too much respect at times and we weren’t positive enough at putting pressure on the ball. We should have done better at the set-pieces but you have to acknowledge that St Johnstone are a very good team.
“I’m proud of the players for the reaction in the second-half – there was a bit more urgency in our play and we carved out a couple of good opportunities. Over the four games we have had three-and-a-half good performances, which has brought us two wins, and we were unlucky not to get anything at Brechin.”
St Johnstone manager Tommy Wright said: “We missed a few chances but it was a very solid, professional performance. We went about it the right way from the first whistle. The early goal settled us down and Stirling would have wanted it to stay at 0-0 for as long as possible.”