A DEFEAT against Elgin City on Saturday meant Montrose dropped down to fifth place in the Third Division.
Despite the Gable Endies being on top form, a late Elgin City penalty made the result 3-2 with two minutes to go.
Montrose started well taking the lead just before the half hour mark with a goal from Terry Masson.
Elgin equalised right before the break but Scott Johnston took Mo back into the lead five minutes into the second half.
The home side levelled things up again on 62 minutes and it looked as though the game would end with a point apiece until the home side were awarded a penalty.
Montrose boss Stuart Garden said: “I wasn’t happy about the penalty decision at all.
“It’s not the first decision we have had go against us in the last few weeks and these things are costly.
“I think the referee got it wrong.
“It’s hard to take because I felt that we deserved to win the game.
“I thought that we were the better team.
“We have got to pick ourselves up and try to take maximum points from the remaining games.
“All the teams fighting for the play-offs have to play each other so there will be more points dropped.”
It is still tight at the top of the table with Montrose on equal points with Berwick Rangers who also have 46.
In the second and third spots Peterhead and Queen’s Park are sitting with 50 points each.
As Montrose push to get back on winning form they travel to Clyde this Saturday.
So far this season Stuart Garden’s side have had mixed fortunes against the Broadwood outfit.
Back in August they met at Links Park for the first time in the 2012/13 season but it was the Bully Wee who left with the three points despite two Montrose goals from Lloyd Young and Paul Watson.
In November, Montrose made the trip to Cumbernauld and came back with three points after a 2-1 win with goals from Craig McLeish and Jamie Winter.
Back in January, the Broadwood men made their second trip to Links Park and recorded a draw with the Gable Endies’ goal coming from Scott Johnston.
Montrose’s final home game of the season will be on April 27 against Queen’s Park.
The final game of the season will be on May 4 against Annan Athletic with an earlier kick-off time of 12.45pm to accommodate television coverage of Rangers v Berwick Rangers.