Saturday’s goalscorer Martin Grehan believes Arbroath were punished for their mistakes against a clinical Dunfermline Athletic side.
Grehan got the Lichties a consolation goal with a well-hit volley from close range but there was little the experienced front man could do at 4-0 down.
The side were due to face Championship winners Hearts last night (Thursday) in League Cup action before their League Two opener at home to Elgin City on Saturday, August 7 and Martin said the Gayfield Park outfit need to iron out the creases before they face City.
Grehan said: “It was a hard game. Dunfermline were sharp and obviously fit.
“They penalised us, we made mistakes. They’re a good side. We didn’t play to our potential and they’re just clinical. Any time we made mistakes, they punished us.
“From our point of view, we weren’t at our best. We didn’t start the game well and we gave the ball away a lot. We’re lucky to have only gone in 3-0 down at half-time.
“I thought second half we looked a lot better. We were able to get ourselves on the ball and get further up the park, creating some chances.
“I got off the bench and managed to score a goal. It spun up in the air so I kept my eye on it and managed to get a volley on it into the bottom corner. It was good to get myself off the mark.
“There’s not much I could do going on at 4-0 down but from the team’s perspective, it was a better second half and we need to take that forward.
“We need to learn from Saturday how to play when we don’t have the ball.
“Elgin are kind of an unknown quanitity obviously because they’re so far up there, you don’t hear too much about them.
“When I’ve played against them before they’ve always had three or four good players and I think they’ve still got guys from when I played against them in the Third Division.
“Obviously we’re at home but we need to go out there and get a result by taking the game to them. We need to be wary though because they will have threats.”