Peterhead manager Jim McInally reckons that a lack of game management experience cost the Blue Toon at least a point in their final League One match of the season at Dumbarton on Tuesday night.
The Balmoor side were leading 2-1 with 10 minutes to go however a controversial equaliser followed by an injury time winner saw Dumbarton earn a 3-2 win that keeps their survival hopes alive.
Jim said: “There were positives and negatives in that game. We started in the same slow manner that we did at East Fife last week but like that game we came from a goal behind to level thanks to Steven Boyd’s goal before the break before taking the lead in the second half through Derek Lyle.”
“Dumbarton throw a lot of you at set pieces and they got an equaliser that way when Morgyn Neill headed in. Having seen the goal back there looks to be a foul there on Andrew McDonald but it wasn’t given.”
“At that stage we should have seen things out for the draw. We knew Dumbarton would be going all out for the win so the best idea would have been to get the ball as far away from our goal as possible and keep it there.”
“Unfortunately a bit of naivety showed which is not totally unsurprising when you consider how young our defensive unit is. Rather than getting the ball up the park in a direct fashion we decided to try and play a bit of football.”
“That broke down and to be fair to Dumbarton their player put in a terrific cross and their other player put in a magnificent header to win the game.”
“I am disappointed that we did not get at least a point. Our game management needs to be better and it will be next season as we will learn from this.”