Jamie Stevenson was disappointed Peterhead missed the chance to top League Two – but says they have to take the positives from a 1-1 draw with Edinburgh City.
The capital team remain two points clear of the Blue Toon after last night’s stalemate at Ainslie Park.
Stevenson felt the Buchan team deserved to win but says they can take heart from the display.
The right-back said: “They’ve had some set-pieces and just one chance and they took it, so fair play to them but I felt we edged it.
“We forced their keeper into four or five good saves and it’s disappointing we haven’t won the game.
“We have to take the point and move on. The gap is still two points and we take positives from the performance.
“On another night we could have taken three points.
“If we keep this level of performance and take that forward it will be an exciting season. We’ve shown that we can match them, we battled well and we have quality.
“We have a good squad of players and the manager has rotated well to get the best out of us.”
Peterhead lost Derek Lyle due to Achilles and calf tightness in the warm-up, with Ross Kavanagh stepping up from the bench to start.
However, the visitors had a flurry of chances early on. Their first effort was Mick Dunlop’s shot from a Willie Gibson corner, saved by Calum Antell.
On eight minutes Antell held Stevenson’s free-kick from 30 yards.
Two minutes later Ryan Dow broke at speed and after a driving 40 yards he was only stopped from shooting by Conrad Balatoni’s sliding challenge.
Rory McAllister then fired into the side-netting from a tight angle.
Two minutes into the second half McAllister tapped home after Antell spilled Russell McLean’s shot but he was flagged offside by linesman Jordan Stokoe.
On 59 minutes Peterhead took the lead. Stevenson’s corner from the right was met by McLean and the ball dropped for Jason BROWN to force it home from two yards.
Shortly after the opener Brown was unlucky not to bundle home McAllister’s low cross but good defending from City saved them.
Midway through the second period the hosts levelled when former Peterhead man Allan Smith burst away from Gibson down the right and his low cutback was fired home by Blair HENDERSON.
With 11 minutes left City’s Andy Black was sent off after appearing to tangle with McLean. In injury time sub Callum Home saw his header from Stevenson’s free-kick from the right parried by Antell as Edinburgh hung on.