Montrose manager Paul Hegarty was livid with his players following their 2-1 defeat to Cowdenbeath.
The Gable Endies practically handed victory to their League Two rivals and the gaffer issued an apology to the Mo supporters for the players’ dismal display.
Hegarty said: “I don’t think it was a penalty, that’s how I saw it. I thought Gary Fraser slipped so we’re delighted to get the penalty, then he’s tucked it away brilliantly.
“That’s when the opposition is at their most dangerous, right after you score a goal. It’s a great cross, right between the right back and centre half.
“What I will say though, they’ve been told repeatedly to stop the cross at source and we never did that.
“The second goal, you just cannot legislate for that. I cannot tell you why our centre half Michael did that. It’s cost us the three points. Up until then, he and Andy Steeves were our best players.
“Now we’re five games in with two points, and it’s unacceptable. I’m responsible, it’s the team I’ve brought in.
“I apologise to the Montrose supporters for that inept performance. When they scored their second goal we lost our shape completely and went to pieces.
Next week is a six-pointer against Edinburgh City, and it’s only five games gone.
“I can’t legislate for some of the things out there. Those players, since the Annan game, have had five training sessions that have been very good.
“What they do from the training to the park on a Saturday, I’m flummoxed. “