Peterhead captain Rory McAllister had a sleepless night before their 2-1 win over Elgin.
But the striker says he won’t be lying awake worrying about not scoring at Borough Briggs because results are all that matter in the Blue Toon’s pursuit of League Two title glory.
McAllister missed a good early chance and should have had a penalty in the second half after being shoved to the ground by Stephen Bronsky as the Buchan side retained their four-point lead over Clyde with two games left.
A win against Stirling Albion at Balmoor on Saturday will win the title and cap a hectic time for McAllister after his wife Ashley gave birth to their second son, Rafe, last month.
The 31-year-old said: “I was up at 2.30am until 6am on Saturday because I was coughing and my son wasn’t sleeping.
“So I didn’t get much sleep really and by the end of the game I was running on steam, but it was good to get the win.
“People maybe don’t think about that because you don’t get much sleep and then travelling and playing it can be hard on you. But I’m used to it and you just have to get on with it. I’m expecting I’ll be up at that time again so I won’t complain.
“I am wondering how I didn’t score, but to an extent I’m not too bothered if I don’t score at this stage.
“It’s all about the results and trying to lift the trophy next week, all we need is a win at home to Stirling Albion.
“We got the job done against Elgin and we had chances to win by more, but their keeper has had some unbelievable saves.
“I had a good chance in the first half but missed it. But at the end of the day it’s about getting over the line and winning.
“It can be horrible having to defend at the end like we were, but you’ve got to do it and we managed to get over the line so it’s happy days.
“Everybody contributed and that has been the case over the whole season and that’s why it’s important to have a good squad.”
Peterhead went ahead after 80 seconds. Willie Gibson’s 20-yard shot had been parried behind for a corner by home goalie Kyle Gourlay. From Ryan Dow’s delivery on the left Callum WILSON put through his own net under pressure from Gibson.
McAllister should have made it two on seven minutes when he collected Jack Leitch’s flick-on and rounded Gourlay, but hit the side-netting from eight yards on his left foot.
Elgin levelled on the break in the 18th minute when Chris McLeish’s cross from the right wasn’t cleared by Jamie Stevenson, which allowed Greg MORRISON to nod home from 10 yards.
Just before the half hour the Blue Toon hit back when McAllister found LEITCH just in from the left angle of the penalty box and he arrowed a left foot shot into the bottom right corner.
On 36 minutes Gourlay’s flying save kept out Leitch’s 10-yard volley before the Moray side got a penalty six minutes later.
Morrison fed Ross MacIver who jinked inside Mick Dunlop and went down. Referee Steven Kirkland pointed to the spot, but Greg Fleming plunged to his right to push away MacIver’s effort.
In the second half Gourlay’s fingertips touched a Leitch half-volley over and the keeper made a fantastic one-handed save from Dunlop’s towering header.
Elgin pushed on and Paddy Boyle cleared off the line after Scott Roberts poked a shot beyond Fleming.
Dunlop was sent off in the 90th minute, picking up a harsh second booking for catching MacIver with an elbow when winning a header, the same offence as his first.