Peterhead manager Jim McInally was left with a feeling of deja vu as his side went down 2-0 to Cove Rangers at Balmoor.
A bright start by the Blue Toon failed to yield a goal and when Mitch Megginson fired Cove ahead before the break and Harry Milne added a second on 53 minutes there was to be no way back into the game.
Jim said: “The game was a bit like our last one at Airdrie in that we were the better side in the first 30 minutes however we could not get on the scoresheet. Our opponents do score and then we lose another goal as we look to get back into things and we lose 2-0 again.”
A horrendous absentee list had seen Peterhead without six players however Jim is not looking for excuses as he explained: “The starting XI was strong and to be fair having a few boys out opened the door for Lyall Cameron to start and he played very well. We forced the Cove goalkeeper into good early saves from Steven Boyd and Alan Cook but we could not score.”
“We were playing with the wind at our backs and doing really well however we made two mistakes at their opening goal. When that went in you could see some confidence draining out of the players.”
“When they scored again there was plenty of time for us to capitulate but we didn’t which was pleasing however losing confidence when we had gone behind in the first place is something we will look to address.”
Jim added: “We could only use one substitute and that was Derryn Kesson and Isaac Layne was still feeling a twinge in his knee. Derryn did okay when he came on and almost grabbed a goal with a header which is quite interesting as he and Lyall were probably the smallest forward line I have ever fielded.”