Peterhead late rally not enough to deny Airdrie at Balmoor
Peterhead boss Jim McInally admitted the final scoreline had flattered his side after seeing them go down 3-2 at home to Airdrie on Saturday.
Two late goals by Scott Brown and Russell McLean brought the Blue Toon back to within one goal of their opponents.
But McInally admitted afterwards: "We were never at the races really. The scoreline flattered us.
"Don't get me wrong, I felt we always looked like we could score a goal. But so did they, every time they went forward.
"Probably a fairer reflection of the game would have been 6-3 or something like that.”
Home keeper Brett Long had already brought off several saves by the time Airdrie opened the scoring on 24 minutes, Rhys McCabe curling home a free-kick.
McCabe was on target again after break, converting from the penalty spot to double the Diamonds' lead after Ryan Conroy tripped Callum Smith in the box.
Calum Gallagher slotted home a third before skipper Brown pulled one back for Peterhead nine minutes from time with a terrific volley from the edge of the box.
Substitute McLean stabbed home a second from close range in the final minute but Airdrie saw the closing moments out to head south with all three points.
McInally said: "We were well beaten and looked like a team that's really low on confidence. I don't know if that's because of the age of some of them, but we were a wee bit of a soft touch today and that was disappointing."