It was a case of conceding too many free-kicks and corners and not being awarded penalties that saw Peterhead go down 2-1 at East Fife according to manager Jim McInally.
The Balmoor side led midway through the opening half when Hamish Ritchie found the net after Scott Brown had a shot blocked and a spot-kick looked a certainty the following minute for handball however referee Lloyd Wilson did not point to the spot despite his assistant telling Peterhead officials that it was a penalty.
Joshua Rae was having a fine afternoon in the Blue Toon goal however after Andrew McDonald was dismissed with 22 minutes left Rae was beaten by a header from Danny Denholm and a cross that became a shot from Scott Agnew.
In the final seconds Rae was sent forward for a free-kick and as Andrew McCarthy’s lofted cross waited to drop it looked like Jason Brown was pushed in the back however again whistler Wilson did not give a penalty.
Jim said afterwards: “It was a decent game played between lots of good players and to teams that tried to play football. I felt however that we gave away too many free-kicks and corners which cost us as physically we are not the biggest.”
“We have a very young goalkeeper and back four and paid the price for that eventually. Ironically their equaliser came when we were re-organising after Andy had been sent off and we were getting substitutes on.”
“Josh had two brilliant saves from free-kicks which was good to see but when you concede so many set-plays it is a worry.”
As for penalties Jim said: “There was the one right at the end but the one in the first half was a stronger shout. The assistant referee is claiming that he told the referee to give it and the referee is claiming that it was up to the assistant to give it.”
“That is us in the bottom five now. It was a long shot to make the top half but we tried. I am happy with what we have for the rest of the season. We know what we are up against and will look to finish as high as we can.”