Cooper happy with upbeat boys against Ayr United

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After a disappointing result from Tuesday’s 6-1 thrashing at the hands of St Mirren, expectations were high for Peterhead’s away game at Ayr United on Saturday.

Manager Neale Cooper said: “Tuesday was such a disappointment. We lost some silly goals and, to be honest, the game was pretty much over by the first half, it was a poor show for all the fans who turned up to support us as well.”

Over a thousand fans made their way to Somerset Park on Saturday, and left on a high when the team picked themselves up after a lousy first half.

It was all down to a half-time tongue lashing from a furious bossCooper who was disheartened at the poor efforts of conceding two penalties against the Ayr side. Thanks also had to go to Bateman, who forgot about the six-goal win from Tuesday and made some great saves for Peterhead.

Cooper said: “To begin with I thought it was going to be another one of those days again, just like Tuesday, when the first goal was scored after 12 minutes. It was difficult for us to be 2-0 down in the first half so after a few harsh words at half time the boys picked up their act and fought back.

“They simply gave away those penalties at the start which wasn’t good enough. They’ve got to take more care and fight out their problems. I told them they had to grow up and deal with the pressure they were being faced with.

“They took the telling well and it turned out to be quite a good game for the fans as Bateman had some great saves in the second half. After the game on Tuesday the lads were a bit down compared to Ayr who were on a high after beating Hibs. I have to give credit to the boys though for fighting back and getting us a point.”

The second half saw the team put on a good show for their fans with good chances of winning, however Ayr played just as good as they got, and both sides left happy with a draw.

Cooper added: “We had to get them geared up again for Saturday’s game at Thursday night’s training and it paid off because we came away from Ayr happy.”

Next week the team are playing on home ground against Alloa, with Bobby Mann still out. Cooper said: “We’re positive about Saturday’s game. We’ve had one draw and a win against them at home before so hopefully we’ll be able to come out on top again.

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