The Saints suffered a three nil home defeat this evening against Derry City in Richmond Park after a performance that manager Jeff Kenna described as "abysmal".
First half goals from Stewart, McGlynn and Martyn gave the visitors a three goal half time lead.
Despite Derry's Stephen Gray receiving his marching orders half way through the second period for two bookable offences the home side couldn't take advantage.
After the game manager Jeff Kenna spoke of the performance and took responsibility for the defeat.
"The performance was a million miles away from where we want to be. Our passing, closing down, tackling, defending, none of it was good enough.
"I got it wrong tonight with selection by leaving Alan Cawley out and I've spoken to Alan and apologised. I thought it would be a different sort of game and I was wrong.
"I'd like the fans to stick with us as we try to get it right. I'm going to work hard and the players are going to work hard at getting it right."
The Saints now travel to Dalymount Park this Saturday to face Bohemians knowing that a big performance is needed to kick start their season.
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