Montrose manager Paul Hegarty said his side’s opponents simply wanted it more as Lothian Thistle HV sent the Gable Endies crashing out of the Scottish Cup.
The East of Scotland League champions had held Montrose to a 1-1 draw in the cup, winning themselves a replay on Tuesday evening at Links Park.
And it was the same scoreline after 90 minutes with Thistle winning out in extra-time.
Hegarty described the loss as “massive” for his side.
He said: “The better team won, there’s no doubt about it. Our players were warned before the first game, they were warned after the first game and they obviously didn’t hear the warning. The best team won, without a shadow of a doubt.
“The same that played Berwick Rangers on Saturday, we go from the sublime to ridiculous. Maybe it’s my fault for not freshening it up, but when I spoke to the players they all said they felt fit and raring to go, so I took them at face value.
“It’s a major defeat, massive. I don’t know what the difference is. Saturday we’ve scored quality goals, quality stuff.
“They’ve had a game on Saturday as have we. Irrespective of the level of the league it’s still tough. They’re the ones who were hungrier, more determined and there’s no point in hiding the fact that we were poor and the best team won.
“There were opportunities for both sides and it could have gone either way, but they were hungrier in everything they did.”