Montrose star Andy Steeves says Saturday’s heavy defeat to East Fife is one the players can use as a valuable lesson going forward this season.
The hosts went down thanks to a Nathan Austin hat-trick and Scott Mercer’s great strike, losing their perfect home record on the way.
Steeves said the team found a lot out in the game and they will be eager to bounce back from the disappointment.
He said: “It wasn’t a 4-1 game. I think if we don’t concede when we did we go into half-time very, very confident and have a good second half. The timescale in the second half, they score early on then we immediately get a man sent off. The combination of the two really hurt us. It’s not ideal.
“We’re looking to get back into it and be resilient but it’s so tough with that timescale, one goal after another then the red card. So to pull our heads up from that is a big ask.
“We’ve got a big game next week before the international break and we’ll need to pick our heads up for the Queen’s Park game. The boy’s taken a fair clattering in the head but his head is low. Greg’s one of the nicest kids, he’d never go in with any malice he just wouldn’t do that. I think if the ref books him and the boy gets his treatment I think it’s fair. The ref was quick to send him off but that’s how he saw it.
“You have to give them credit, the way they’ve played the game when we went to 10 men was great. Usually it can be difficult but they passed the ball from side to side very quickly, they made it very difficult for us.
“It’s a learning curve for us, we’re a young back four and I’m sure this will be good for our development over the season. With the quality we’ve got in the team this year I don’t think we’ll ever be outclassed in the league. That’s us played eight of the nine teams and we’ve more than matched all of them.
“ We’ll go again next week and I don’t see it being a problem bouncing back from this.”