Peterhead skipper Steven Noble hails fairytale week - but says hard work begins now

10-04-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Hampden Park. April 10, 2016. Petrofac Training Cup Final. Rangers FC v Peterhead FC. Barrie McKay 19 and Seven Noble 3.
10-04-2016. Picture Michael Gillen. GLASGOW. Hampden Park. April 10, 2016. Petrofac Training Cup Final. Rangers FC v Peterhead FC. Barrie McKay 19 and Seven Noble 3.

The fairytale is over and it’s back to business for Peterhead, says skipper Steven Noble.

The Blue Toon were well beaten in the Petrofac Training Cup final as they went down 4-0 to Rangers.

Peterhead struggled to get to grips with the game and surrendered most of the possession to their opponents, but even when they did get the ball they couldn’t retain it for very long.

Steven said that was down to the pressing of their opponents as well as the Hampden pitch, and came as something of a surprise to him.

The club captain said: “It’s back to the business side of things, the fairytale week is over and it’s back to ground now.

We just have to pick ourselves up and do what we’ve been doing all season. We need to get back to a bit of form because that’s three defeats in a row. We need to return to the workmanlike performances and get ourselves promoted.

“We knew how tough it was going to be with the pitch, not just the size of the pitch but the style of it. It was a very tough game, we’ve lost 4-0 and Rangers deserved to win. I thought 4-0 was a bit higher than expected but it’s two late goals obviously.

“It was tough but it was a good experience and it was enjoyable. To a certain extent I think we did ourselves justice.

“The manager wasn’t happy with us at half-time, he felt we weren’t taking part in the game and were letting the game pass us by. It was hard for us to get close to the ball and when we got it, it was even harder to keep it.

“On a park that big you get a couple more touches but we struggled to get three or four passes together, which is probably down to the way they were pressing us.£

Noble added that the trip to the national stadium was the proudest experience of his life.

He said: “It really was a great experience, it’s just a shame it didn’t end with me lifting the trophy,

“It’s the proudest moment of my career and I got my wee boys onto the pitch.”