Peterhead’s Jamie Stevenson is determined to atone for last year’s play-off pain.
The Blue Toon face Stirling Albion at Forthbank tonight in the first leg of the League One play-off semi-final.
The Buchan outfit missed out on automatic promotion after Montrose pipped them to the League Two title by one point.
Last season Peterhead were relegated in the play-offs after being beaten 7-2 on aggregate by Forfar. After experiencing that, Stevenson is determined to put it right this year.
The midfielder said: “It’s a clean slate for everybody now and it’s a two-game knock-out in the play-offs.
“We’re still trying to make amends for last season. It was a massive disappointment not to win the league; we were gutted on Saturday but we can’t dwell on it.
“For boys that were here last year, it is about putting that right. We feel we’ve got a good squad and we feel we can be playing at a higher level. But it’s for the fans more than anything; for the club it’s a long-term project and we want to be higher up.”
The Blue Toon have struggled in past play-offs. Two seasons ago they were in the Championship play-offs but lost out. This time Jim McInally’s men are in great form, winning their last six matches – the latest of which was Saturday’s 2-1 win against Edinburgh City.
Stevenson hopes the momentum they have built in recent weeks helps in the play-offs.
He added: “We’re in great form, having won six games on the trot, some of it hasn’t been great football but it’s just about winning games and getting results. We have to knuckle down tonight and go for it.
“In the first half against Edinburgh we played really well and then it was cagey in the second half.
“They got a scrappy goal and then we scored a scrappy goal ourselves and we did well to come back and win when we knew that Montrose were on course to win the title.
“The points tally we finished with, of 76, was good but it’s bittersweet not to win the league with that. Fair play to Montrose for getting a point more than us.
“It’s a lot of points not to win the league with and now we need to pick ourselves up and focus for the play-offs.
“But we’ve scored 104 goals this season, which is a quite a feat, and hopefully we can keep scoring to get us through the play-offs.”