Peterhead manager Jim McInally was left with mixed emotions in the aftermath of Saturday’s 1-0 defeat at Cove Rangers.
Former Blue Toon hero Rory McAllister looped a header over Joshua Rae from Fraser Fyvie’s free-kick after 90 seconds with Simon Ferry red-carded on 22 minutes for tripping Mitch Megginson.
Steven Boyd was dismissed for swearing at referee Peter Stuart early in the second half however the depleted visitors almost grabbed a point late on through Alan Cook.
Jim said: “The game has left me with mixed emotions. I never like getting beat but I am proud of the spirit shown by the players. Losing a goal so early gave us a mountain to climb, Simon going off made the mountain bigger and then when Steven went you struggled to see the top of the mountain.”
“However we moved people about and played a 4-4-0 when Cove had possession and then a 4-3-1 with Cookie moving up when we could. We got good balls into there area and gave them plenty to think about.”
“When you consider we lost Kyle Bailey and Derek Lyle to injuries hours before the game and Gary MacKenzie was not fit enough to come on the effort the players put in was great.”
As for the sending offs Jim said: “There was a foul by Simon however it was a trip, nothing more, and there was another player close by so I am not sure why it was a red card.”
“The referee seemed to make up his mind really quickly.”
Boyd’s sending off also irked McInally who said: “It is technically the right decision so I cannot say the referee was wrong. If it is now going to be applied then there will be a lot of players having to change their behaviour or serving suspensions.”