Hibernian manager Pat Fenlon was "disgusted" with his players' attitude and application after they lost 2-0 to Queen of the South in the Scottish Communities League Cup.
Queens cut open their opponents in the 12th minute as Nicky Clark slotted home Danny Carmichael's cross and the Second Division side continued to look the more enterprising. Gavin Reilly's diving header three minutes from half-time gave Hibs an insurmountable task and they rarely threatened Palmerston goalkeeper Lee Robinson.
"I'm disgusted by that performance," Fenlon said. "We have let ourselves down and let down a fair few supporters who have travelled a long way."
Fenlon made several changes to a team that had taken seven points from nine in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League, with skipper James McPake among those missing out, but the Irishman felt his players had only themselves to blame.
He added: "It's about attitude and application when you come to places like this. If you don't apply yourselves properly you will get turned over. I told them that yesterday and I told them that today.
"All round the park, the application from their players was much better than us."
Queens manager Allan Johnston was delighted with the manner of their victory.
He said: "The first half I thought we played some really good football. Maybe the second half we never passed it as well but I thought we were the better team, to be honest.
"We said to the boys before the game, you are playing against SPL players and it's up to you to raise your standards and see if you are good enough to play there.
"We'll get a lot of press and it's good for their careers."