Montrose star Andrew Steeves apologises to fans for “shocking” defeat at Stirling Albion

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Montrose defender Andrew Steeves offered an apology to the club’s fans after their hammering at the hands of League Two rivals Stirling Albion.

The Gable Endies shipped seven without reply on Tuesday evening, and the 21-year-old says the squad are keen to put things right when they travel to Annan on Saturday.

And the ex-Forfar Athletic defender vowed that kind of result will never happen again.

Steeves said: “The word ‘embarrassing’ springs to mind and absolutely nothing else.

“I would like to apologise to the fans who travelled down. It was a shocking performance from the moment we went 1-0 down.

“We started the game brightly but then we just folded as a team. I have got to take a lot of the blame for that as a centre-back. To concede two just before half time is embarrassing.

“Then we have come out for the second half and it is only a few seconds before they have scored again. We capitulated after that.

“I’m going to stick my neck on the line here and say that sort of result is never going to happen again. We have proved that we are a better group of players than that and we are only four points off our total from the whole of last season. I can guarantee that it won’t happen again.

“We will go in on Thursday and train hard. We will go down to Annan, which is a very tough place to go, but I am sure we will be determined to get ourselves back on track.”

The youngster has recently returned to the starting lineup after a spell on the sidelines, and the former St Johnstone man revealed he has been working hard to put his injury worries behind him.

He said: “My body feels good. I was out 13 weeks and I only had a week’s training before I got put back in due to the injuries we had, and after the first couple of games I have been feeling good. I have been working with the physios at St Johnstone as well so there are no problems.”

The versatile defender has just penned a new deal to stay at Links Park until at least the end of next season, and he says he has been loving his football since making the move from Forfar Athletic.

Steeves added: “I am delighted. Since I left St Johnstone, I have never enjoyed my football as much as I have here.

“I have got a lot of faith in the manager and I think I have learned more here than the last two or three places I have been. I’ve improved drastically over my time here and I am delighted to stay.”