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We owe fans promotion next year, claims Brown

Tue 23 May 2017

Former St Johnstone midfielder trudges off after Peterhead's painful play-off defeat Former St Johnstone midfielder trudges off after Peterhead's painful play-off defeat


Scott Brown has branded Peterhead's season completely unacceptable and claims the players owe the supporters promotion next year.

The Blue Toon will be in League 2 after the summer following a dismal campaign, which resulted in relegation via the play-offs.

Forfar dished out a 7-2 drubbing in the final over two legs to kill off their hopes of a fourth straight season in Scotland's third tier.

Demotion is likely to spark an overhaul of the squad but Brown, one of just a handful of players contracted beyond the summer, is backing boss Jim McInally to lead a turnaround.

Brown said: "I would love the gaffer to stay on. I enjoy working under him and I think he is a good manager."

"That will be up to him and the board but hopefully he stays and we can have a good go at it next season."

"I think the situation that we find ourselves in is more to do with the players because although the gaffer has put together the squad, ultimately we have not performed."

The former St Johnstone man continued: "It's pointless feeling sorry yourself."

"You need to pick yourself up and go again so I will keep myself ticking over during the summer and come back fit and ready to go."

"I think we owe it to the fans, the board and, not least, ourselves to make sure this time next year, we are back in League 1."

Brown joined Peterhead in August when the season was still in its infancy. The aim back then was to get into the promotion shake-up.

However, a string of disappointing results meant the Blue Toon never threatened and Brown offered no excuses.

The 22 year old said: "We could take the play-off result as a one-off but I think we have got to look over the whole of the season and say it has been far from good enough."

"It's easy to look at individual mistakes or say we were unlucky at times but it has just been poor, from everyone really."

"We did not have any momemtum at all through the season and I don't think we ever made it into the top four at any stage, which is completely unacceptable."

"We need to have a look at ourselves because nobody else is to blame."

By Glenn Moir