with only one win in the past ten games, Peterhead fans are feeling a sense of frustration as the elusive play-off place appears to be slipping away.
Blue Toon boss Jim McInally watched his side lose to Elgin City in a closely-fought contest at Balmoor on Saturday which saw Peterhead slip to fifth - two points behind Berwick.
In a post match interview, McInally, while disappointed in the result, believed his side deserved more from the game.
“In the first half especially we got the ball in the box loads of times,” he said.
“I thought we were doing okay and so it was a kick in the teeth when we lost the goal.
“We certainly started the game well and the goal was their first shot at goal to be honest.
“We played well - perhaps the best we’ve played in a long time - and we showed a lot of spirit. I really don’t know what we have to do to score a goal,” he said.
“It’s just the way things are going at the moment. I said to the lads at half time they just needed to keep giving the effort they were giving and things would break for them at some time.
“The second half was loaded with off sides and it broke up the game and was definitely to their advantage,” he said.
“It’s strange as we always seem to get the utmost respect from teams when they come here.
“Elgin has been playing with three up front for the past few weeks, yet they come here and play one up front - that’s the respect that we get.
“We need to start to show other teams that we merit that respect.
“I came away last week and I was pretty hurt with the performance but I had no such hurt on today.
“People will go home bitterly disappointed but at least they have seen effort from the lads. We just need to keep at it.
“It’s a strange, strange league and we just need to keep playing.
“Yes we seem to have lost our way a bit at this crucial stage of the season, but what can you do but battle on.
“We haven’t been losing a barrow-load of goals every week and it’s not as though we’re going through games and not making chances.
“We have two massive games coming up now and we need to keep up the efort and see what comes of them,” he added.
Peterhead take a break for the next week due to the League Cup final, with their next game - a crucial fixture in the play-off battle - away to Berwick Rangers on March 23.
They are then at home to Annan Athletic who will be buoyed after pulling off an historic victory on Saturday having beaten Rangers at Ibrox.