Blue Toon boss Jim McInally admitted his Peterhead side were second best on Saturday as Forfar Athletic defeated the League Two champions 1-0 at Station Park.
Danny Denholm’s 43rd minute goal was the difference between the two teams but that strike came at the end of a half that the Loons had dominated, with Peterhead goalie Graeme Smith having to be on superb form to deny the Forfar forwards - making no less than six top class saves.
And McInally believes the second half fightback from the visitors was a case of too little, too late.
He said: “It was a slow 45 minutes, never mind a slow start. I was really impressed with Forfar in the first 45, I thought they did really well. They played around about us, we allowed them to play around us - we weren’t aggressive enough, regardless of what the Forfar fans may think. We didn’t get in their faces enough.
“They could have scored two or three goals, I know we could have scored a couple but they were by far the better side. We got tore into them at half time and you saw the response, it was like a different team. But it was 45 minutes too late.
“I think we’re still finding our way in this league.”
The home win continues Forfar’s fine run at Station Park and Jim was in no doubts as to why Dick Campbell’s side are doing so well.
McInally also added that it would have probably been a very different outcome if Peterhead had been able to get to the break at 0-0.
He continued: “Playing against better players like Hilson and Swankie and so on, you get punished for your mistakes. We knew Forfar were on a terrific run, they beat Dunfermline here, they beat Morton here, and you can see why.
“We nearly scored at one end then they’ve scored within 30 seconds at the other. We didn’t deserve to get into half time at 0-0 but it would have been a blessing if we did, because if we had and we’d played like we did in the second half we probably wouldn’t have lost the game.”