Peterhead manager Jim McInally was counting the cost of their 2-0 loss to Berwick Rangers ahead of Saturday’s title showdown with Edinburgh City.
The Blue Toon missed the chance to go eight points clear at the top of League Two with defeat at Shielfield Park.
The Buchan side also lost striker Derek Lyle and midfielders Simon Ferry and Jack Leitch to injury which will rule them out of the weekend clash with Edinburgh, who remain five points adrift in second.
Goals from Lewis Barr and Cameron Blues in the first half gave struggling Berwick the points.
Shane Sutherland hit a post with the score at 1-0 and Callum Home hit the bar just after half-time but Peterhead couldn’t score.
McInally said: “We lost Derek Lyle early on to a bad ankle injury which may keep him out for the rest of the season.
“It looked bad for Derek and he is going to go to hospital for an X-ray.
“Simon Ferry had to come off at half-time because he was really struggling with his back, so it looks like he’ll be out for Saturday.
“Jack Leitch rolled his ankle and had to come off, so he’ll be out for Saturday as well.”
Reflecting on the game, the Balmoor boss added: “Apart from the fact we didn’t play as well as we can, we fell for sucker punches for their goals.
“They scored with their first breakaway when there was a mishit shot which landed at the back post and they scored. For their second goal we had a corner and they broke away and scored from that.
“At 1-0 we’ve hit the post and it’s rolled along the line and come out.
“We hit the bar as well but credit goes to their goalie for getting a touch on it.
“You had a feeling standing on the touchline that it was one of those games where it wasn’t going to happen for us.
“They had been due a break after a bad run and they got it with a combination of us not playing well and some luck.
“It wasn’t a terrible performance but you still have to get one or two things across to the players because we didn’t win.
“Before the games last Saturday we would have taken being five points clear going into the Edinburgh game.
“Obviously now people look at it as a chance missed because we played after Edinburgh and had the chance to go further clear.
“But we have to regroup and try to come back against Edinburgh.”