Peterhead boss Jim McInally was under no illusions that striker Rory McAllister was in the wrong after being sent off against Ayr at the weekend.
McAllister, who was nominated for League 1 player of the year on Friday, was dismissed for violent conduct after elbowing Ayr’s Peter Murphy and will now miss the next two league matches and possibly a third.
This would mean he would be ruled out for both legs of the Play-Off semi-finals.
Speaking after Saturday’s 4-0 defeat, McInally said: “I can’t explain why Rory did what he did.
“He deserved to go and I have no complaints but I had warned Rory before the game to be careful so I was stunned when I saw what he did.
“Unless we beat Ayr in the play-offs then his season is over.
“Ross and Gilchrist are almost certainly out for the season but next time I will have another two centre halfs signed up I know where we are weak and I am already working on putting that right.”
However, despite the results, McInally could not fault the effort of his players.
“Bizarre, I thought maybe four was a bit harsh.
“We started well and played some good football but we were all pretty shellshocked with what happened.
“There was a lot of anger at half time between the players.
“It was hard enough having to cope with a makeshift defence never mind having them even more exposed having to play with ten men.
“We plodded away in the second half against ten men but it was tough against a quality team.
“I had a lot of complaints after the Brechin game but this week I couldn’t fault them for effort and their attitude.
“Ayr hadn’t beaten us in eight games and if there was one to get beaten in then maybe this was it but it’s going to be difficult to finish second now.
“On a positive Simon Ferry played a good 70 minutes and did well.”
Peterhead now have one league game remaining, against champions Dunfermline this weekend.
“The Dunfermline game will be a great one to be involved in.
“There will be a big crowd as they will be getting the trophy presented.
“We need to try and get some confidence back.
“It’s amazing when you are losing games and goals how it can be getting affected”