CLYDEBANK boss Kieran McAnespie admitted his side let the club down in Saturday’s 5-0 loss to Auchinleck Talbot.

Graham Wilson and Sean McIlroy were on target twice while Dwayne Hyslop’s header ensured newly promoted Bankies remain rooted to the bottom of the Super Premier Division.

It was Clydebank’s fourth consecutive league defeat following narrow losses at Glenafton, Kilwinning Rangers and Beith, with Saturday’s thumping the heaviest in McAnespie’s tenure.

He said: “We know we let ourselves down and more importantly we let the club down with that performance.

“The fans travel in their numbers and probably are the best supported club in the juniors and I know if I was a fan watching that, I’d question the players and question me.

“It was a bad day at the office. I watched the highlights after and there were some very poor defensive mistakes.

“It’s just disappointing as we thought they’d got those mistakes out of their system but it’s creeped back in.

“The other games have been really tight but we acquitted ourselves very well in those.

“By all accounts that’s the best Talbot have played this season, so when those two coincide it doesn’t make good reading.

“It’s a rude awakening and a real eye opener for us. We looked at the fixtures when they first came out and knew we’d be facing three of the top five teams in the league in the opening few weeks, but to find ourselves in this position is far from ideal.”

Despite the defeat McAnespie is adamant the loss was not down to a lack of effort.

He added: “All the boys care, that’s the biggest thing. It’s what you want, it would be different if they didn’t.

“They care, and that makes it more meaningful that when we do get beat like that they hurt, and when they’re losing goals like that they’re hurt.

“You don’t become bad players overnight - we’ve still got a very strong squad and training last week was brilliant.

“It’s difficult for me but they’re all distraught with each other because they know they can do so much better.

“I said to them after the game you just need to be careful with how you speak to each other on the pitch, if you’re going to have a go it needs to be constructive, and if you make a mistake you need to be big enough to take it.

“We can’t dwell on it. We need to give ourselves a good week and get ready for Saturday.”