Broughty Athletic boss Keith Gibson admitted his side had an off day as they were well beaten 3-0 by Penicuik Athletic on Saturday.
But the Fed manager said he expects his players to respond immediately in tomorrow’s (Saturday) East of Scotland Cup clash with Super League rivals Musselburgh Athletic.
Gibson added that the goals conceded were all avoidable ones from his team’s perspective.
Keith said: “The goals we lost were very preventable. If we’re giving away soft goals we’re giving ourselves an uphill battle right away.
“Through the game we did create 12 chances and had 12 corners, but we just had too many players off it on Saturday.
“They don’t become a bad group of players overnight, I think it was just an off day.
“It’s maybe a good thing we’ve got a break from the league and we’re into the East of Scotland Cup. We want to do well in the cups as well this year.
“The players need to have the motivation to do better than they did last week, and they will have it.
“We desperately need a response from the players and they know that themselves, they know it wasn’t good enough last week.
“We’ve created some chances but it was just one of those days nothing fell for us. We had one right at the end when Jake Mair was in front of goal and he miscued it and it went past the post.
“The goals we lost were just criminal.
“It’ll be a tough game against Musselburgh, they were in the Scottish Cup final last year. They’ve had a bit of an indifferent start to the year but it’s like I say every week, every team in the Super League is a good team.”
The gaffer will look to make changes to his injury-hit squad for the cup game against Musselburgh and hinted he might even look to change his tactics.
He added: “I think we’re going to need to change things a wee bit, we picked up a few knocks and I’m thinking of changing the shape to try something different for looking ahead.
“It would be ideal to have used the whole squad and though I wouldn’t say we’re down to the bare bones, we do have a few injuries. Our new signing Jamie Syme’s broke his foot in his first game and he’s out for six to eight weeks.
“We’ve got a few other boys carrying knocks and they’re doubtful to play but maybe it’s an opportunity for the young boys to come in and play.”