Peterhead missed out on the chance to enter the Second Division on Sunday, East Fife securing another stint in the league with a 1-0 victory.
Blue Toon boss Jim McInally, afterwards, was disappointed with the way the game had played out, but refused to pass the blame onto his players.
Speaking after the game, the former Scotland international, who has been in a similar situation once before with Morton, said: “At the end of the day, we became a bit too frantic for my liking.”
“Obviously, it’s a big occasion and I just felt as though we tried to get the ball forward too quickly rather than try to keep playing.
“They started chasing the game far too early and that’s just what happens when, you know, there’s a crowd there and there’s so much at stake.
“You can’t blame them for that, but, you know, it’s a wee bit unjust, I think, the scoreline,” he added.
He praised his side’s performance, regardless, however, describing their efforts as “brilliant.”
“They kept going right up to the whistle, and you can’t ask for no more from them,” McInally commented.
The referee was not given the same treatment, though, with McInally left questioning where the decision for the added time had come from.
“If anybody can explain to me where the referee got two minutes injury time from, I would love to hear it.
“I was sure we would get five minutes, I don’t know if we would have scored but it would have certainly helped us if we’d have had the chance, the manager said.
He was, meanwhile, philosophical on the Blue Toon’s chances of automatic promotion next season, saying: “If we can keep most of the team here, you’ve got to try set about winning the league.
“I don’t know how things will change as far as personnel or whatever, because, you know, obviously, the disappointment is you’ve not got the finance next year, the Rangers etcetera.
“We just need to see what way we go.”
The season now over, eyes will be on the comings and goings at Balmoor for any strengthening of a side which had finished second, scored 52 goals and had beaten Rangers.