PAUL Sheerin admitted Arbroath got what they deserved at Cliftonhill on Saturday after Albion Rovers ran out comfortable winners.
The Lichties never got going in Coatbridge and struggled to contain two-goal David Crawford who was excellent for the hosts.
Steven Howarth and Tony Stevenson were also on target for Todd Lumsden’s men who bounced back from two successive defeats.
To make matters worse for the Angus outfit, Paul Currie was red-carded late-on after collecting a second caution from referee Barry Cook.
The result saw Arbroath slip to fourth place in the Irn-Bru Second Division table.
And Mr Sheerin was in no mood to make excuses following a desperately bad day at the office.
“Nothing went right for us from start to finish and we were well beaten,” said the Gayfield player/manager.
“We just need to hold our hands up.
“I don’t think we got started. You have to be mentally right when you come to a place like this and we weren’t.
“We believed we could take something out of the game in the second half if we lifted the tempo a bit.
“I felt we could cause them problems in certain areas of the pitch but it wasn’t to be for us.”
This was Arbroath’s second league defeat of the season with the six-goal hammering at Queen of the South in September the only other reverse.
Now Sheerin is hoping his side will respond in a positive manner when Arbroath head to Somerset Park for a date with Ayr United this weekend.
“We’ve had a great start to the season but this has been frustrating,” he added.
“We will have to take this one on the chin.
“I don’t think this is a reality check. This is the first part-time club to have beaten us this season.
“It’s a sore one to take. This defeat will hurt us until we get the chance to go back out and put things right.”
Currie’s dismissal irked Sheerin who felt the midfielder’s challenge on substitute Ryan Tiffney was undeserving of a second caution.
“I thought it was soft,” he commented.
“I didn’t think it was worthy of a yellow card but the referee maybe thought it was worse than it looked.”
CRAWFORD opened the scoring for the home side in the 16th minute when he cut inside from the right flank and fired a shot into the corner of the net.
Winger Gary Phillips hit the bar for Rovers before HOWARTH finished off a lovely passage of play involving Crawford and Simon Marriott to make it 2-0.
STEVENSON netted from the spot after Scott Robertson’s foul on Howarth in the area with CRAWFORD tapping home the fourth goal in stoppage-time.