IRVINE Meadow boss George Grierson says his side can’t let Saturday's humbling at the hands of Darvel derail their season.

The table topping East Ayrshire side put on a five star display at Recreation Park, as the visiting Medda side left battered after a 5-0 defeat.

Strikes from Ian McShane and Craig Truesdale, as well as a Craig Moore hat-trick handed Mick Kennedy’s side the victory ahead of their Scottish Cup fifth round tie versus Falkirk on Monday.

And despite the heavy defeat, Grierson says his side cannot let themselves be disheartened, ahead of a massive month for Medda.

He told the Times: “It’s a hard one, the depth that they have, not even in their 18, in their squad is unbelievable.

“The quality of player, they’ve got guys that could easily be playing in the championship or League One.

“Everyone of them clicked on Saturday – I’ve watched them a few times and I would say Saturday is one of the best performances I’ve ever seen from a team at our level to be honest.

“Unfortunately we were on the other end of it – it’s hard to take and it’s hard to say as well, but we need to just concentrate on everything else in our league.”

The Medda boss added that they cannot dwell on the result, and have to quickly get results back on track.

Grierson commented: “It’s not in any way sour grapes from me – hat’s off to Darvel for doing it, getting these guys in and having that quality.

“There’s no bitterness for me, that’s what you’re up against and it’s bloody hard.

“We don’t have them to play again, we can’t let it derail our season, we move on, we’ve got a huge month ahead of us.

“We just have to dust ourselves down and move on – that was echoed in the dressing room as well by the boys – they know where we are at and where Darvel are at.

“I’m more interested now that we move on, dust ourselves down and we concentrate on the next month ahead.”

Four of Medda’s next five fixtures see them face sides below them in the league, with the other against Hurlford, who are only ahead of Grierson’s side on goal difference.

This run begins at Medda Park on Saturday, with Cambuslang Rangers the opposition.