Peterhead assistant boss Davie Nicholls knows if the team defend better then tomorrow’s game against Annan Athletic is very winnable.
Peterhead are second in the table after a 3-2 loss against title rivals Montrose last weekend, which handed the Gable-Endies control of the race.
The Buchan side welcome seventh-placed Annan to Balmoor tomorrow knowing they need six wins – and Montrose to slip up – to keep their automatic promotion hopes alive.
Nicholls said: “We need to defend better. We were really poor defensively and had a few communication problems.
“The goals were quite poor, we’ve seen them back and they’re quite soft.
“They’re individual errors ultimately that we have done all season. We seem to be crucified by individual errors.
“Going forward is not a problem, we are always going to create chances.
“To be honest it’s a really inexperienced back four age-wise, apart from Jamie Stevenson, who played on Saturday, Jason Brown, young Mason Robertson and young Aidan McIlduff – they’re still learning the game.
“They’re probably learning the dirty side of it now, and just digging stuff out.
“They’re still very good players but in League Two you’ve got to realise it’s a man’s game, you’ve just got to clear the ball.
“It’s all very well playing great football, but we’ve got to get back to winning.”
Despite Montrose also having a game in hand on Jim McInally’s men, Nicholls said the players have been positive ahead of the Annan clash.
He said: “At training the tempo was excellent. Jim and myself can’t say they don’t show up at training.
“They put the onus on themselves and they work very, very hard.
“It’s just been some individual errors. These things happen.
“You expect that to happen at times, unfortunately with us it’s happened in vital games.
“But we still have six games left and there are a lot of points to play for.
“It’s one game at a time and that’s the way we’re addressing it.
“Everyone is playing for something now, the league’s tightened up.
“Montrose are at the top, but the teams below us, there’s quite a group of them going for play-off positions.”
Peterhead’s record against Annan this term is played three, won two, drawn one and lost zero.
Their last meeting at Galabank ended 3-3, but Nicholls thinks it’s a game his side look back on as one they should have taken three points from.
He said: “That game, we were 2-0 up and it was an individual error and they got back in.
“Then we were 3-1 up and it was the same again.
“Fair play to them, it was a never-say-die attitude and Peter (Murphy) has got them playing.
“They’re a hardworking team and have a bit of flair about them.
“Every game is going to be difficult between now and the end of the season.”
Simon Ferry is set to return for the Blue Toon, while David McCracken could recover from a back spasm.