Berwick Rangers manager Colin Cameron was far from happy after watching his side go down to Arbroath on the opening day of the league season at Shielfield.
Now, he is calling on his players to raise their game from this weekend’s trip to Methill to take on another of last season’s relegated sides in the shape of East Fife.”
“We just can’t afford to play like that again,” he said.
“We had several players missing which meant others had a chance to impress, but they just didn’t take the opportunity and that makes my job a lot easier next week.”
Berwick went into the game against Arbroath without Lee and Paul Currie (both suspended) and Cameron himself, who was on the bench after a late fitness test for the knock to the ribs he took a fortnight earlier away to Queen’s Park in the cup.
“We should have had it wrapped up before half-time,” he said, “because we created enough chances.
“Had Scott Dalziel’s ‘goal’ not been disallowed it would have given us a cushion, and that might have changed the course of the game.
“But I warned the players at half-time that Arbroath would come out fighting in the second half, and that is exactly what they did.
“We couldn’t respond, and we don’t want to see any more performances like that.”
The Curries should both be available for the game at East Fife on Saturday, and Cameron is also hoping that striker Darren Lavery will have recovered from a knock to the knee which forced him to leave the field after only 20 minutes at the weekend.
But the news on midfielder Ross Gray is not so good. He was carried off in pre-season against Dunfermline with suspected medial ligament damage to his right knee.
Cameron says he is expecting the results of a scan this week, but the likelihood is that he will be sidelined for some time.
Meanwhile, central defender Steven Tulloch has been confirmed as captain for the 2014-15 season.