Striker injury blow for Cooper


Peterhead players will need to come out on top form this Saturday after their recent winning efforts in the Second Division took a turn for the worse at the weekend.

Blue Toon boss Neale Cooper was disappointed with the efforts from players during Saturday’s away game against Airdrie United.

Speaking to the Buchanie yesterday (Monday), Cooer said: “We’ve had some really good results lately so it’s a shame.

“We won 5-1 against them back in December and knew the Airdrie lads were fired up and ready to give us a good game as we left them hurting last time.

“I kept reminding the players that no game is easy, it’s how you go about it and in my opinion we lost a few good chances on Saturday.”

Cooper’s woes were compounded when striker Martin Bavidge was forced off the pitch due to an injury to his hip.

“Bavidge was forced off with a muscle strain which meant a change in players which didn’t help us,” said Cooper.

“I was disappointed as he’d been excellent in the first half and was our main striker.

“We replaced him with Connor Gethins who went on the pitch lively, he was unlucky when he tricked the keeper and we all thought the ball was going in, but it bounced past the post.

“The lads definitely had one or two missed chances during the game on Saturday and overall I don’t think they played well enough,

“Airdrie were definitely piling on the pressure, but this shouldn’t matter,.

“We should be playing with total confidence after our two top games and a draw against Ayr.

“If we want to make it further in the league we have to keep things tight all the way through and win the majority of the games, it’s no use getting a few wins under our belts and drifting back down to the bottom of the table. We’ve got to win games consistently.”

Peterhead will be in action tonight again when they take on Turriff United in the second round of the Aberdeenshire Shield having disposed of rivals Fraserburgh in the first round at Bellslea last week.

And Cooper hopes his side can pick themselves up again after Saturday’s poor efforts.

Meanwhile Bobby Mann and Martin Bavidge are certain to be sidelined for the game against Brechin City on Saturday.

“Brechin have got the better of us twice now,” said Cooper.

“We’re away this weekend and I really want to see a strong reaction from the boys.

“Hopefully they’ll bounce back from Saturday’s game and perform well which I know they are fully capable of doing,” he added.