Raith Rovers did not take Dumbarton lightly on Saturday despite dropping points at home to the league’s bottom club.
That was the view of left back Eddie Malone who insisted that naivety was to blame as Rovers conceded a last minute equaliser for the second week running.
Malone told the Press: “We didn’t take them lightly. I don’t think you could aim that at the players.
“We’ve got a good bunch of professionals in there - it was just one of those days when none of us were playing well.
“I don’t think you can label us as having a bad attitude, we were just a bit naive.
“If anyone shows Billy big-time in the dressing room they get slapped down.
“You get days like that in football when your passes go astray and it’s not your day.
“That’s when you just have to make sure your shape is good and that you stop the other team playing.
“Saturday was one of those days but we just didn’t do it, although you have to credit Dumbarton.
“They were really good and we were really poor.”
There were boos at full-time following the 2-2 draw and Malone admitted the players can have no complaints with the fans reaction.
“When we lost the late goal against Partick I don’t think they deserved to get something, but on Saturday we were terrible,” he said.
“We didn’t play well at all and we can’t complain with the result, or the boos at the end.
“It’s a game, especially at home, that we should be taking three points from.
“We just have to take it on the chin, dust ourselves down, work on things over the break and then go again in the derby.”
Malone revealed that some harsh words were exchanged between players in the dressing room after the match.
“The manager didn’t have to speak at first because we were all having a go at each other, then the gaffer said his bit,” Malone explained.
“We have to make sure we listen, take it on board, and bounce back against Cowdenbeath.”
Malone admitted that Dumbarton’s 90th minute equaliser came as a result of Raith failing to pick up their men.
“We’ll watch it again on the video to see what we’ve done,” Malone said.
“When the ball’s came into the box there’s nobody to win the header and nobody tracking the runner.
“There’s no hiding place on the video - you’ll get found out.
“We win as a team and lose as a team but we’ve all got to take a look at ourselves after Saturday.”