Forfar Athletic skipper Gavin Swankie admitted the Loons didn’t deserve to take anything from the game as they lost 2-0 at Greenock Morton.
Goals from Jon Scullion and Andy Barrowman condemned Forfar to only their second league loss of the season.
And Swankie believes that defeat - along with disappointing results against Stranraer and Cowdenbeath - makes this Saturday’s derby with Brechin City a must-win for the Loons.
He said: “I thought we started pretty poorly, the first half especially wasn’t our best. Second half we did a bit better but still not good enough.
“The first goal, it’s a long ball into the box and it’s a miskick from Dodsy, it fell right at the boy’s feet and his shot’s deflected off of someone and it’s gone in. The second one, Mikey Dunlop’s went to clear and the boy’s charged in to clear. The deflection went over Mikey’s head and the boy ran onto it.
“We’re glad it’s derby day after the three results we’ve had, it’s maybe a good time to come. The boys know what the derbies mean and it’s a must-win. We’re confident after beating them comfortably earlier in the season.”
Gavin was frustrated to see another chance to open up a gap at the top of the league go begging.
But he made it clear that the players are only focused on what they are doing, with thoughts about Dunfermline and Morton far from their mind.
He continued: “We’ve had a few chances now to get some space between us, especially when we went to Dunfermline and drew but we were the better team. And the likes of Stirling Albion, we were 2-0 up then came away with a draw.
“We could have had a bit of a gap there but now it’s just one point Dunfermline and Morton are behind. We just need to focus on our own thing and winning as many games as possible.”
Forfar go into this weekend’s trip to Brechin without a win in their last four games, and Swankie hopes the bad run is behind them.
He said: “Every team goes through a spell where things go against them, I just hope that’s our spell done with. We want to go grab a win on Saturday now and get back to form. Players being out injured just kind of affects the team a bit.
“But that’s no excuse, we should still have done better on Saturday.”