PETERHEAD boss Neale Cooper apologised to the Blue Toon fans after his side slumped to a 6-1 defeat at the hands of St. Mirren in the Scottish Cup fourth round replay on Tuesday night.
Having played out a 0-0 draw at St. Mirren Park the previous week, a 1,610-strong crowd were geared up for another thrilling encounter.
Unfortunately for the Peterhead fans, however, it was all too much for their young team and they paid the price for slack defending.
Speaking after the game, Cooper said: “We started off fantastically well and we could have had a great opener, but it wasn’t to be and from there on we were just kicked in the teeth by St. Mirren.
“Stuart Smith was turned far too easily for their second goal and then Callum turned too easily making it 3-0 for St. Mirren and heads went down a bit after that and their fourth goal looked a bit soft too.
“The lads were just totally deflated but it was the kiss of death for us. St. Mirren hadn’t scored in four games and then they came out and put six past us.
“However, we restored a bit of pride in the second half with a goal near the end, but we really let ourselves down,” he said.
“We had a fantastic crowd at Balmoor and it was a great atmosphere. We could have totally crumbled but to be fair the lads plugged away and got the goal but by then it was finished.
“We have started the new year really well and the lads did well to earn themselves a replay with St. Mirren.
“I’m not making excuses, but some of our lads were late getting to Balmoor due to work and maybe the St. Mirren players had a more relaxing day and were a little bit sharper on the pitch.
“However, it wasn’t to be and I wish St. Mirren all the best in the next round,” he added.