Brechin City manager Darren Dods was left livid after his side were thrashed 6-1 by League One favourites Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday.
Dods would have been particularly gutted with City’s defensive performance, with the Pars coasting through the back four time and time again with total ease.
The boss said he was disappointed with the lack of a team ethic in the first half, adding that there was something of a positive response after the break.
“I’m bitterly disappointed, especially given it’s the first league game of and our first game at home,” said Darren. “Going 4-0 down inside 40 minutes is always going to be disappointing. We got caught short for the first two goals then we were shellshocked. We didn’t play as a team, we played as individuals. Our heads went down at 2-0.
“We had a bit of a revival second half which is good to see, we didn’t completely cave in. We showed a bit of faith and a bit of spirit but then we go and shoot ourselves in the foot. For 35 minutes we did well not to lose another goal. They went and scored then we worked a very good goal. And then they go up the park and score another.
“At half time we told the boys to show some togetherness and some spirit as a team. 4-0 down at half-time, at home, in the first game of the season is unacceptable.”
The Glebe Park gaffer added that it’s a side of his players he hadn’t expected to see, but it’s one he wants them to put to bed ahead of a hard trip to face Ayr United.
Dods continued: “It’s a side I’ve not seen from them so far. I didn’t expect to see it but we did, and now we’re looking for a reaction from them. There’s no point trying to attack only to leave yourselves that open at the back.
“It’s a tough one at Ayr next week. We have to work hard on the training pitch during the week, get the boys playing for each other and just keep working on things.
“We created chances late on and we will always create chances, we just need to be stronger defensively.”
Dunfermline boss Allan Johnston said his team was just too good for the hosts.
He commented: “We’re delighted with the result and to be fair, we didn’t hit the heights of last week. We didn’t pass the ball as well and the surface was a wee bit sticky.
“But when you look back, some of the goals were special and I think we just had too much quality for them.”