THE NIGHTMARE continues for Montrose FC and manager Ray Farningham following a 6-0 defeat at the hands of Stranraer on Saturday.
Despite a strong start in which the Gable Endies dominated the first 35 minutes they were down by two goals at half-time thanks to defensive errors by Alan Campbell and then Jonathan Smart.
Although Montrose had been awarded a penalty within the first ten minutes of the game after striker Martin Boyle was flattened by Stranraer ‘keeper David Mitchell, Jonathan Crawford sent the ball wide of the post.
In the second half Montrose were down to ten men after Jonathan Smart was sent off for the third time this season.
After that the Stranraer goals came thick and fast leaving the home side with an embarrassing loss by six goals to nil by full time.
Mr Farningham was quick to express his feelings about the result, he said: “Getting beaten 6-0 is the biggest embarrassment I have suffered in football.
“It started off a strong game and for the first 35 minutes we dominated but then we missed a penalty and a couple of chances.
“It pretty much sums up our season so far.
“There was no excuse to just cave in like that. The first two goals were basic defensive errors by players who should know better.”
Despite words of encouragement at half-time Montrose found themselves unable to take the game back under control.
The boss said: “It’s all about the players’ mentality. I don’t know what goes on in their heads but when the other team is on top it’s backs to the wall.
“I told them at half-time they could still put it right despite being 2-0 down.
“There was plenty of time left in the match. In 45 minutes they could have got back into the game.”
The manager was also quick to express his frustration at Smart’s sending off following a high challenge on Danny Mitchell.
He stated: “It was ridiculous.
“The first two sendings off he has had this season were harsh but I have no complaints about this one.
“If you go in that high like Smart did you are going to get sent off.
“There is no excuse for it and it is a problem that we will have to address.”
With a week off thanks to the international break, Farningham is hoping the time will allow him to try and sort out the problems which have plagued the team since the start of the season.
He said: “It’s going into international week now so we’re hoping to have some bounce games this weekend and maybe on Thursday.
“We’ll put some players on who haven’t had a game yet and hopefully it will give us some time to sort things out.”
Montrose have one less thing to worry about as the injury list looks to be clear by the next match which will be away to Berwick.
Although Jamie Winter had to sit out of the Stranraer fixture with a calf injury, Farningham hopes that he will be back in time for the September 10 game.