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Off form Peterhead beaten by second top Brechin

Sun 06 Nov 2016

By Glenn Moir

Peterhead were punished for having too many players off form as Brechin ended the Blue Toon's three match winning run thanks to Ross Caldwell's hat-trick.

In wintry conditions at Balmoor, Jim McInally's side trailed at the interval, despite playing the first period wind assisted.

Any hope of finding a route back into the match was dashed when the visitors scored two more after the break.

Rory McAllister did at least give the home support something to cheer in the latter stages but his third goal in his last four games proved too little too late.

Peterhead boss Jim McInally said: "We were poor."

"I just went through the players individually and think probably nine out of 11 were not at their standard."

"It is hard to win a game when you are not at it."

McInally went on: "Having the wind at our backs in the first half, we played into Brechin's hands a bit."

"We needed to try and get the ball down and I know it's easy for me standing here criticising when the wind was that strong."

"But we needed to pass through their three centre backs and to fall a goal behind was sore because at least if we went in 0-0 at half time, it gives you more of a chance."

"I did feel we did okay against the wind but it was disappointing that Brechin did not have to work particularly hard for their goals."

"The one thing I can say to the players credit is that they never gave in and when it went 3-0, they kept at it and never threw the towel in."

Peterhead stay sixth in the table and will look to recover when they meet Queen's Park at the national stadium next weekend, before visiting leaders Livingston.

McInally said: "We have got to get back at it again."

"We have two good away games coming up at Hampden and Livingston so hopefully we can find our form again."

"We are miles better than what we showed against Brechin, that is for sure."