Peterhead’s chances of making the play-offs this season look all but gone after a 1-1 draw with Dunfermline at Balmoor.
Andy Rodgers came on to score a late equaliser against the Pars but despite a brave fightback from Jim McInally’s men to earn a point they now sit seven points off Brechin in fourth spot with only four league games remaining.
Now as it stands, if Brechin can win their match this Saturday at home to relegated Stirling then Peterhead will not be able to move above them in the table regardless of their own results.
Airdrieonians also sit four points above the Toon so Jim McInally’s side would need results to go against the Diamonds as well to have any hope.
Looking back on Saturday’s game, McInally was pleased with his side’s second half performance.
He said: “To see a full-time team playing for a 1-0 was credit to us and they were still time wasting at 1-1, which was bizarre, but I’m delighted with our second half.”
Peterhead had a penalty shout denied by referee Nick Walsh in the second half which the Blue Toon boss was angered not to be awarded.
He explained: “With the decisions which have gone against us in the last few weeks, how that’s not a penalty I don’t know, and our players deserved a penalty because they deserved to win the game.
“I think throughout the game Dunfermline had two chances at goal which is great testament to us and shows we’ve come a long way.
“I know a lot of people at Dunfermline keep talking about the first game we played them when we were down to eight men but that’s well past us now and I think generally we’re just better than them.
I’m proud of the players, the first half was a bit of a non-event and at half time I told them just to go for it, they gave it everything they had and were unlucky not to win the game.Peterhead manager Jim McInally
“I’m proud of the players, the first half was a bit of a non-event and at half time I told them just to go for it and they did, they gave it everything they had and were unlucky not to win the game.”
McInally also said he felt that his side’s play-off chase was now over.
“That’s the two of us beat now,” he said referring to Dunfermline who also sit level on points with his side.
He continued :“At least we gave it everything we had, and I think there has been a progression for all to see in the last few months.”
Next up for Peterhead is a trip to Somerset Park to face Ayr United.