Forfar Athletic boss Dick Campbell admitted Brechin City were well worth the victory in Saturday’s Angus derby.
Goals from Jamie Masson and Alan Trouten gave City a 2-0 win, bringing the Loons’ unbeaten home record to an end.
He said: “You’d have to say that Brechin deserved the victory. You’ve got to give them all the credit, and I certainly don’t give my team any credit.
“I thought 2-0 is probably about the right result. I’m not going to run away and hide. That’s our unbeaten home record beat in the first game of the new year. That’s another record away and I’m really disappointed with that.
“We were played through to the byline three times in the first 10 minutes of the second half and we didn’t do anything with it, we didn’t get the quality that we’re looking for. We weren’t up for the game.
“I’d say the last six performances, we’ve not been firing on all cylinders.”
Dick paid tribute to departing defender Jim Paterson, who played his last game for the Loons on Saturday.
He added: “Jim Paterson played his last game and he goes away from here with our blessing. We’ve brought Michael Travis in and we’ll certainly be adding another couple before the end of the window.”