COWDENBEATH boss Maurice Ross had only one word to describe Saturday’s loss to Cumbernauld Colts in the Traderadiators Challenge Cup and that was “horrendous”.

The Blues now have to stew over this defeat until Tuesday night and their next opportunity to get things right on the park.

They face Edinburgh University in a Lowland League match and Ross said he’ll go back to old fashioned training to prepare, with the players set to face a gruelling fitness regime.

After the 2-0 defeat to the Colts he fumed: “That was simply an horrendous performance by us all over the park.

“The first goal saw a defender forgetting his role which then put the goalkeeper in a hopeless position and everything we had talked about in defending corners was blown apart.

“At the second goal we failed to pick people up at a throw in and it led to the creation of the chance which saw us change around two down.

"Five times we had opportunities to put good crosses into people unmarked in the box and we hit our deliveries much too hard and the opportunities were lost. It was simply an horrendous performance by us.”

And the players will feel the effects of that disappointing display on the training pitch.

Ross added: “We have spent a lot of time over the past few weeks on coaching aspects of the game but there were signs on Saturday that we need to up the hard work on fitness aspects.

“There will be some really hard physical work going into the next few sessions, after what was a really disappointing show against Cumbernauld Colts.

“It is fair to say that we were without Scott Sinclair and Sean Slaven for the cup-tie, but we still had enough firepower on the pitch to do better than we did.

“Several players have really disappointed me over the past two games and I will be looking for a massive improvement in the coming fixtures.”

The manager suggested he will be looking to move some players out and bring another couple in before the end of August.