Peterhead boss Jim McInally says the rest of League Two would love to be in their position – despite Tuesday’s shock loss to Berwick.
The Blue Toon saw a run of six straight wins halted earlier this week as they went down 2-0 at Shielfield Park.
It meant the Buchan team missed the chance to go eight points clear of nearest rivals Edinburgh City ahead of Saturday’s first-versus-second clash at Ainslie Park.
McInally was disappointed with his team’s performance on Tuesday.
But the Balmoor boss insists he would have taken a five-point lead prior to the last round of games where Edinburgh lost at Annan and Peterhead stumbled at Berwick.
McInally said: “We would have killed to be in this position going into the Edinburgh game.
“I said last week when we expected to be playing on Saturday that I would have been happy to go into the Edinburgh game with a five-point lead.
“OK, we weren’t able to go eight points clear – but we still have a lead.
“Every time we have lost a game we have bounced back strongly so we need to do it again.
“On Saturday we have to regroup and just prove ourselves again because everybody else in the league would kill to be in our position.”
McInally will have to make changes to his side for Saturday’s clash with Edinburgh.
On Tuesday, Blue Toon striker Derek Lyle came off in the first half with a suspected fractured ankle, which may keep him out for the rest of the season.
Midfielders Simon Ferry and Jack Leitch also look like they will miss out with back and ankle problems respectively.
However, right-back Jamie Stevenson looks set to return after missing two games with a hamstring problem.
Captain and talismanic striker Rory McAllister didn’t travel to Berwick because his wife is due to give birth to their second child.
If the baby arrives before Saturday, then McAllister will be back in the frame.
McInally added: “We will have to shuffle things around on Saturday with the players that we lost on Tuesday. But it looks like we will have Jamie Stevenson back, which is a boost for us.
“All going well Rory’s wife will have had their baby and he will be available.
“We’ll have to wait and see what happens with that – nature will take its course.
“But we know that Derek Lyle, Simon Ferry, Jack Leitch and Derek Lyle will be out.
“However, it is a chance for other players to show what they can do.”
Due to the injuries sustained on Tuesday, Peterhead fringe players such as Paul Willis, Callum Home and Ross Willox got valuable game time against Berwick.
McInally believes that could be important against Edinburgh.
He said: “Nobody was particularly impressive against Berwick, but we battled away in the second half.
“There is no problem with the attitude. We gave ourselves too much to do and weren’t good enough to overturn the deficit.
“But the game will do some of the boys good to get minutes.”