Peterhead manager Jim McInally says his players need to cut out silly mistakes if they are to push for the play-offs.
The Blue Toon slipped to a 3-1 defeat at Balmoor against Brechin City.
The result leaves them sixth in the League One table six points off fourth placed Airdrieonians, who are in the last of the promotion play-off slots.
McInally felt that his side didn’t hit top gear against the Angus team.
He said: “It was a poor result. We didn’t play well enough.
“We shot ourselves in the foot for two of the goals.
“The first goal was a deflection and the third goal was a pass from our goalkeeper (Graeme Smith) that was intercepted.
“They were good at taking advantage of our mistakes.”
The Buchan club were defeated thanks to a hat-trick from Ross Caldwell.
The striker struck in 23, 53 and 65 minutes for Darren Dods’ team.
Rory McAllister pulled one back for the hosts with 14 minutes to play but by that stage it was too little too late.
McInally felt that poor weather conditions didn’t help his team.
He said: “We are normally used to playing in bad conditions but there were winds of 60mph which made it difficult.”
He also wants his players to move on and try to put together a winning run to propel them into the play off places.
“We’ve got to move on after a game like that,” he said.
“We’ll try to get on a winning run because that’s the only way you get up the league by putting together runs.”