Club captain Craig Molloy blasted an “inexcusable” display as Brechin City went down 6-1 to Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday.
The skipper said the side has nowhere to hide following their third successive defeat, with the thrashing at the hands of the Pars coming on the heels of losses to Peterhead and Ayr United in the Petrofac Training Cup and Scottish League Cup.
Molloy added the players have to get their act together immediately.
He said: “It’s been a terrible start with the two cup games and now this. We’ve been really, really poor and that’s us just scored our first goal in three games. It’s not the standard that Brechin has set over the five years I’ve been here. We’ve always had decent teams.
“We need to get back to the drawing board and improve our performances big time. Maybe it is a new squad coming together but it’s no excuse, all the boys have played at this level before so it’s not good enough.
“You shouldn’t be getting beat 6-1 at this level, it’s just really poor. We need to work really hard in training and make it better for next weekend. The gaffer wasn’t happy at half time and told us not to lose any more goals.
“It’s a tough game next week but they’re all tough at this level. I’ve been here for a few years now and we know that’s going to be the case.
“We need to quickly get ourselves together and go again.”