Ross Campbell admitted the side should have done better as Montrose were beaten 3-1 by Angus rivals Arbroath on Saturday.
A double from League Two player of the month Bobby Linn and a strike by trialist Greg Rutherford had put the game well beyond the reach of Paul Hegarty’s team before Graham Webster pulled one back late on.
Campbell said the visitors could have defended better, adding that the players must pick themselves up for this weekend’s Scottish Cup clash against Lothian Thistle Hutchison Vale.
Ross said: “We’re very disappointed. There’s always a bit of emotion to the game because it means so much to the people around both clubs, so it comes through with that kind of result.
“I think it was a fair game, neither team put in difficult challenges so it was played in a good spirit. It’s disappointing to be on the losing end.
“You try right until the end but it was maybe a little too late when Webster scored. It depends what side you’re looking on.
“If you’re Todd you’re saying the first goal is well worked, but defensively it’s very poor from us. I think as a team we’re disappointed with all three goals to be honest. As a team we could have done better defensively.
“We’re using the old cliche and taking every game as it comes. We’ve been pulled together from the disappointment of last year and what we might lack in experience from time to time, we’re making up in effort. It’s a really great bunch of boys and we’re working hard.
“We had five wins from the first nine which was good. This is a bad result but we’ll need to get on with it because it’s an important game in the Scottish Cup this weekend.
“It’s a huge game for them and they’ll be thinking it’s a decent scalp to take to get into the bigger boys. We know it’ll be a tough game and a lot of work. “