Montrose manager Paul Hegarty believes his players made life too easy for Arbroath as they claimed the bragging rights on Saturday.
Graham Webster’s goal wasn’t enough for Montrose as a brace from Bobby Linn and a goal from trialist Greg Rutherford ensured a 3-1 victory in the Angus derby for Arbroath.
The result means four of Montrose’s five losses this season have come away from home but they still hold a two point advantage over their local rivals in the league table.
Hegarty said: “All I can say is that the three goals we’ve given them were avoidable.
“I didn’t think the opposition had to work that hard to get the goals but they were clinical in their finishing, and you’ve got to give them credit for that.
“Too many players weren’t up to the standard that they have been, they know that they’ve set a reasonable standard.
“I don’t think the league table lies because we’ve played ten, won five and lost five, so we’ve been very mixed in how we’re doing.”
Montrose take a break from league action this weekend as they visit Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale in the Scottish Cup Second Round at Saughton Enclosure in Edinburgh.
Reigning East of Scotland Super League champions Vale will provide stern opposition for Hegarty’s men.
The non-league side needed a 5-2 win in a replay to overcome Girvan FC in the Second Preliminary Round of the competition after a 2-2 draw in the original fixture.
They were too strong for Kelty Hearts in the First Round as they cruised to a 3-0 victory.
But Hegarty isn’t taking anything for granted ahead of the game and doesn’t want his players getting complacent because their opponents will provide them with a tough test if they are to make it into the Third Round of the Scottish Cup.
He added: “We’ve got to pick up the pieces and make sure that next week’s going to be different.
“It’s a cup tie at Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale and it’s going to be totally different to this game and we have to make sure we’re up for it.”
“Greg Pascazio will be back from suspension but I’m not sure about Matty Allan because his arm is still in a cast.”