Peterhead manager Jim McInally felt their 3-0 Scottish Cup loss to Morton was harsh on his team.
After a 1-1 draw at Cappielow in round three of the competition on Saturday, there had been hopesthe Blue Toon could upset the Championship side at Balmoor in the replay, but it wasn’t to be.
McInally felt his team didn’t deserve to lose 3-0 and said: “I thought it was a harsh result. I’ve just looked at the stats and Morton had four shots on goal and they’ve scored three. Individual errors cost us two of the goals.
“In the first half against the wind I thought we played really well and were the better side but because they were more streetwise they coped well and knew how to turn us.
“The second goal took a bit of the sting out of us. At half-time I felt one goal wasn’t enough for them and I think the result was harsh as our goalkeeper hasn’t had a save to make but has picked the ball out of the net three times while their goalkeeper has been busy.
“Jason Brown sliced the ball for the third goal while Mick Dunlop missed the cross for the second but we were punished and that’s what comes from playing against better teams. But as far as football, I thought we matched them pretty well.
“We got plenty of balls in the box but sometimes you need something to fall for you. A couple did but we couldn’t get shots away.
“It was a tough night to play football in, especially in midfield, but we didn’t deserve to lose 3-0.”
Ultimately, Peterhead’s season won’t be defined by the Scottish Cup and McInally wants his side to move on quickly, starting with Annan on Saturday.
He added: “We just have to take it on the chin and move on. We’ve played them twice in three days and there wasn’t much between the teams. We need to take the positives from that into our league now, which is the priority.
“Our team tonight was changed with Saturday in mind. I didn’t start Simon Ferry, Paddy Boyle or Derek Lyle because of that and Saturday is our focus now.”
The game started at 8pm, 15 minutes late, due to Morton’s late arrival after their team bus broke down en-route to Balmoor.
There was a strong wind with it blowing into the Peterhead players’ faces in the first half.
On 10 minutes Ton took the lead when Michael Tidser’s in-swinging corner from the right was headed from six yards at the front post by Kerr WADDELL.
Despite the strong wind, the Greenock team struggled to create chances, while the Blue Toon had to be patient getting up the pitch because the long ball wasn’t an option.
It was tough for the Buchan team to carve out openings. A couple of dangerous Jamie Stevenson crosses were dealt with and Rory McAllister fired over from range.
The wind was with Peterhead in the second half and on 54 minutes Ton keeper Derek Gaston made a smart save when Jason Brown’s effort from a Willie Gibson free-kick hit Gregor Buchanan and was heading towards goal.
Just after the hour Morton doubled their lead. Bob McHugh’s cross from the right was missed by Mick Dunlop and Robert THOMSON clinically finished into the bottom left corner from 12 yards.
Peterhead didn’t give up and on 71 minutes they were unlucky when Russell McLean’s curler from just inside the area hit the right post.
With that it seemed the Blue Toon’s chances had gone and it proved to be the case.
Then with seven minutes remaining any hope of a dramatic comeback was extinguished when Chris MILLAR capitalised on a mistake on the edge of the Peterhead box.
The midfielder raced through and rounded goalie Greg Fleming before slotting into the empty net from a tight angle.
Morton will face East Fife in round four.