Airdrie boss Ian Murray says his side got exactly what they deserved, after Montrose ran out 3-0 winners in their League One opener at New Broomfield this afternoon.

Terry Masson put the Gable Endies 1-0 up in the first half, Lewis Milne doubled their lead five minutes after the interval, and Graham Webster added a third from the spot to add polish to a result that was already in the bag by that point.

Murray was angry with his players and says everybody at the club needs to hold their hands up and be accountable for a poor performance.

He said: "I thought we got exactly what we deserved; Montrose deserved to win the game, we hold our hands up. We were miles off it.

"We started the first 10 minutes all right, but the minute the goal went in we just crumbled, like little guys going into their shell.

"We tried to change formations, personnel at half-time, but there weren't a lot of positives for me to take today.

Lewis Milne (right) was outstanding in a solid Montrose performance
Lewis Milne (right) was outstanding in a solid Montrose performance

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"Touch wood, the only positive is that we can't play that poorly again, surely."

Murray added: "We have good players in that team, no question about it but I'm a wee bit concerned about our sharpness, which is something we need to address as staff.

"We can't account for guys being unable to complete a five-or 10-yard pass. you can practice that all year, and if you can't do it, that's not on us, but we can certainly make them fitter.

"I think we all need to hold our hands up and be accountable for the result.

"Players need to be accountable for the performance, because we can't pass the ball for them, but I pick the team, I pick the formation, so I need to look at that as well."

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