"WE should have been out of sight by half-time," said a rueful Montrose player-boss Steven Tweed as he reflected on his side's 1-0 defeat at the hands of the division's bottom team, Elgin City.
"We had a lot of the ball and a lot of chances, but we failed to put the ball in the net.
"It is not just the strikers we look to for goals. We need to step up to the plate in all areas of the park.
"We had all the game until Elgin scored, but couldn't put the ball away.
"In any game a team will inevitably get one or two chances and in recent games, teams have been taking these chances against us and it is killing us."
Steven was suffering from an Achilles tendon injury, so kept himself on the bench until he went on up front in an effort to save the game.
The manager headed the ball into the net for what would have been an equaliser, only to have the goal chalked off.
"I have no idea why the goal was ruled out but it was and we just have to get on with it."
Montrose will look to bounce back when Angus neighbours Forfar visit Links Park on Saturday.
"We have to keep our performance level high and take our chances.
"I'd like to think the prospect of a derby clash will get our players going.
"Forfar have been on a decent run. They beat Berwick 5-4 on Saturday and play again tonight (Tuesday) so we will see what happens.
"Forfar have a lot of games in hand and could climb up the table.
"We have eleven games left ourselves and we must earn as many points as we can and see where it takes us.
"We are pretty thin on the ground in terms of our squad. I'm injured at the moment as is John Maitland."
The versatile Jamie Buchan moved to central defence to cover for the manager, but Tweed said they missed his drive in central midfield as a result.
"We didn't play poorly at Elgin, we just lacked that cutting edge. Our luck will turn and hopefully soon."
Montrose have two 1-0 wins over Forfar to their credit this season. A late goal from Scott Anson gave them victory at Station Park in September and an early strike from Hugh Davidson saw them win at Links Park in November.
The fourth meeting will be at Station Park on Saturday March 28.
Montrose are at Cowdenbeath for a rearranged fixture on Tuesday of next week.