Peterhead boss Jim McInally cut a frustrated figure after seeing his side held to a goalless draw at Ainslie Park.
Despite several chances for the Blue Toon to take the lead against opponents Edinburgh City, they left the capital club’s temporary home with just a point to show for their efforts.
The Buchan side’s League Two title rivals Montrose won 1-0 with a late goal at Stenhousemuir, meaning the Gable Endies now have a six-point advantage over McInally’s men at the top of the table.
Peterhead have two games in hand, with those extra fixtures due to be played over the next two Tuesdays.
McInally, pictured, thought Edinburgh were negative in their style on Saturday but that his team, who had already beaten the capital side 3-0 twice this season, should have secured the win, despite the poor playing surface.
He said: “I don’t think you can have good games on that pitch.
“The first half was even enough, but the second was just one-way traffic where we couldn’t score.
“We missed two really good chances and we should have had a penalty.
“Russell McLean missed a one-on-one with the goalkeeper that he should have scored, but we just huffed and we puffed – we couldn’t get the goal.
“They (Edinburgh City) just played for a draw, which surprised me a wee bit, because even in the first half they were time wasting and, for a home team, they quickly surrendered in the second half.
“They took one of their forwards off and left themselves with just one up front. But we couldn’t take a chance when it came.”
McInally had previously said he was expecting to face a different Edinburgh to the side the Blue Toon had met so far this term. The strugglers have picked up a couple of good wins of late, including against mid-table side Annan Athletic.
The gaffer threw on substitutes to try to capitalise on his team’s dominance, but to no avail.
He said: “We threw Russell McLean and Jordon Brown on to try to get the goal, and we took wee Chris Johnston off because he hadn’t played for a while, and Alan Smith because he’d been out for a wee while.
“We tried to freshen it up that way.
“Simon Ferry went on for the last 10 minutes also when Jamie Stevenson started to tire.
“Russell missed a couple, Jordon missed one and we had a stonewall penalty turned down. Rory McAllister was fouled.”
Despite dropping points, McInally was relaxed about the League Two title race. He said: “There’s a long way to go – there are 13 games to go.
“We just need to take it a game at a time.
“We’ve got our midweek games coming up where Montrose don’t play and we need to try to make sure we take something out of those games.
“If we take something out of those games then we’re breathing down their necks.
“If we were to win those two games, we’d be above them.”