Sheran: “We can only blame ourselves”

IT WAS confirmed after Saturday’s defeat that the Blue Toon has been relegated from the Second Division after six years in the league.

After a shameful performance in Saturday’s game against East Fife, manager John Sheran was disappointed with the team’s efforts to pull a win out of the bag.

He said: “I’m very disappointed, but we have no-one to blame but ourselves. Oour performance summed up the season and we simply weren’t good enough. The players know how I feel.”

As usual, the team missed many chances, and their opposition’s two-goal win left them trailing behind Stenhousemuir by seven points, and with only six left to be won in the remaining season relegation was not to be avoided.

The Blue Toon had a winning streak earlier in the year and fans were full of high hopes.

But with their last win in February, and 13 games later, it’s no wonder the team has suffered the drop abck to the Third Division.

Manager Sheran is now looking firmly to the future and is hoping to reshape the team to improve next year’s performance.

“We need to start again and rebuild our team,” he said.

“I’ve been hearing all season that we haven’t had a break but in my view a team has to make their own breaks and push a bit harder.

“We need more effort, more commitment, more desire and more hunger, and this is the only way we’re going to get a good team on the park. We’re going to take a look at the players and see if they can offer us more in different positions.

“At the moment some of the players are out of their normal positions so we will put them back into their correct positions and hopefully have a better balance for next year.

“Our main target is to get a team on the park that competes, a team that can take chances when they come along and defend better when they need to.

“That’s what football is all about defending and scoring goals when you get the chances and we simply have not done that well enough.”

Peterhead Football Club chairman Rodger Morrison is also hoping that the team can bounce back next season.

He told the Buchanie: “It is more than disappointing for me, considering the team’s hopes at the beginning of the season.

“I’m kicking myself for not changing the management earlier, however this wouldn’t have been possible due to financial implications.

“The damage was already done and it was too late for anyone coming in at that time. Also, there wasn’t much we could do with transfers by this time.

“Hopefully the players can pick themselves up again and bounce back within one season.”