STENHOUSEMUIR players and management held a clear-the-air meeting in the wake of a humbling 7-0 defeat to Ross County.
The bus trip back south was “the journey from hell’ according to assistant boss Kevin McGoldrick, but the Warriors did their talking on Tuesday night, before digging in to “a very positive training session,” according to the coach.
He added: “We all said our piece and got some things out in the open and then the training after that was good.
“There was no fall-out or anything like that. We know we have to do better.
“The bus back was the journey from hell, completely silent. The fans deserve a lot more after that trip, and that result.
“We’ve taken a load of praise this season, and that’s been fantastic.
“But now we can’t duck the criticism - we haven’t been good enough over the last few weeks, and we need to give the fans something back.”
Saturday’s visit of Forfar, on paper, looks the best possible fixture for the ailing Warriors. The Loons fell 4-0 at home to Aberdeen in the cup and sit bottom of the table.
“The table counts for nothing though, we know that to our cost. Stirling were bottom when we played them at New Year and looked what happened. Every game is a hard one,” McGoldrick added.
“All we can do is have another good training session (tonight) like we did on Tuesday and get back to it. The fans deserve it.
“I feel really sorry for what happened on Saturday, but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves and need to make it up to the fans and the board who have supported us so well this season.
“It was a nightmare. We have got to stay positive and reverse the last few season which have gone the wrong way for us.”
It won’t be easy without injured duo Stevie Murray and Eric Paton, and the suspended Andy Rodgers.
Paton began training on Tuesday but failed to complete the session.
Ross McMillan should be available though, with his suspension for a red card applicable only to the Scottish Cup.
He was sent-off after losing his balance and bundling Steven Craig over in the box with the score 1-0, before the Warriors conceded another six goals without him.