Peterhead manager Jim McInally told his players they must grow up after watching them throw away the points in Airdrie on Saturday.
The Blue Toon dominated at Excelsior Stadium but left with a 1-0 defeat after Airdrieonians substitute Martin Bain pounced on Steven Noble’s short pass back to score a 71st minute winner.
McInally felt that his team failed to reach the standards set in recent wins over Dunfermline and Falkirk, and admitted that he was angry with the way his players finished the match.
“I’m not denying we had most of the possession and their goalie had a few good saves, but for the standards we’ve set that wasn’t good enough,” he said.
“We got what we deserved. We were so much on top but we couldn’t get the goal, then we gave one away from a short pass back. That’s life.
“I was more angry about the way they finished the game.
“Airdrie were wanting to time waste and we made it easy for them by giving away stupid fouls.
“That makes me more angry because I know we can put the performance right, but they need to start growing up a wee bit, and not let a team see a game out so easily.”
McInally admitted there was no excuses for failing to pick up at least a point.
“The pitch was dry and sticking in the first half and that didn’t help, but there’s no excuses for it, we just didn’t play as well we could,” he said.
“It’s harsh on us to lose the game but you set your own standards, and if you don’t achieve those standards, you can lose.
“We’ve had a great start, we just need to move on again.”
Saturday’s defeat left Peterhead third in the League One table, three points behind leaders Forfar.
This Saturday, sixth-placed Albion Rovers are the visitors to Balmoor Stadium.