ELGIN City skipper David Niven admitted the performance against East Stirling was their worst defensive display of the season.
After defending like Trojans seven days earlier at Ibrox with just 10 men, they shipped four goals to a side that hadn’t won in eight games.
“We can’t start like that. It was very frustrating. We can’t afford to lose two goals like that. We gave ourselves an uphill task 10 minutes into the game,” he said.
“I think that’s the poorest we have defended as a team. I thought we came back into the game for a spell and were on top.”
Niven said it was hugely disappointing to lose at home after the previous week’s euphoria at Ibrox.
“After a result like that at Ibrox, the gaffer kept our feet on the ground. To come here at home, especially, and play the way we did today, we cannot afford to do that.”
The skipper admitted the speculation in the Press beforehand of possible reconstruction and whether there will be promotion from the third division this season if clubs vote thenew 12-12-18 structure through, had no bearing on proceedings.
“Not at all, that is nothing to do with us, that is SFL, SFA and SPL. We want to make sure we get into the play-offs and finish as high up as we can.”
The return of striker Craig Gunn after three games was a massive bonus, added Niven.
“It was magnificent to get him back, especially with Stuart Leslie’s red card. He’s been going through a hard time.”
City had been looking to launch another unbeaten run on the back of the Rangers draw, admitted Niven.
Read the full interview with David Niven only in 'The Northern Scot' newspaper.
*Elgin's game at Berwick Rangers on Saturday has been postponed due to the weather.