PETERHEAD players were left devastated on Saturday after an injury tim equaliser by Clyde captain Declan Gallager put an end to the Blue Toon’s already slim hopes of securing an end-of-season play-off place.
The Blue Toon had been in front thanks to an own-goal from the Bully Wee’s luckless full-back, Iain Gray, but were left to rue a string of missed chances to extend that lead.
Jim McInally’s side showed just one change from the convincing win over Stranraer, Ryan Strachan returning to the midfield, with the suspended Roy McBain missing out.
Boss Jim McInally had nothing but praise for his team after an impressive defensive display at Balmoor.
But their efforts proved to be in vain with the focus now turned on finishing as high as possible in the league.
Talking after Saturday’s game, McInally said his players had done all they could and had put in a great performance.
“Clyde are a hard team to play against and we had to defend for long spells of the game but the lads did well,” he said.
“We had some great chances to get the second goal but we just didn’t take them and when you’re hanging on to a 1-0 advantage you have to take these opportunities.
“We were bitterly disappointed as results elsewhere just didn’t go our way.
“It’s now a massive game for us against Annan on Saturday and if we win that game then we will go above them in the league and that now has to be our focus,” he said.
McInally says that in the last couple of games the aim has to be to finish as far up the table as possible.
“We will go right to the wire,” he said.
The Blue Toon boss also had praise for a number of players including Callum Macdonald whom he said had been “outstanding” on Saturday.
“I was really disappointed for the lads after the final whistle. It was a tough one to take at that stage of the game.
“We did seem a wee bit uptight and I don’t think the referee helped matters as he gave us nothing, but the lads just had to put that out of their heads and get on with it.
“That’s life, however, and we know that we have just to get on with it and finish the season as best we can.
“The players have been brilliant and they deserve more at the end of the day, but that’s football!” he added.