Stirling Albion boss Greig McDonald saw his side undone by another poor first-half performance as Peterhead won 2-1 at Forthbank.
The Blue Toon are now seven points clear at the top of League 2 while we slipped to sixth in the table ahead of Saturday’s home game against Albion Rovers.
Jordan White cancelled out Rory McAllister’s opener with his 12th goal of the season but sub Fraser McLaren hit the winner midway through the second half.
McDonald said: “You can’t legislate for the mistake that led to the opening goal but we had a terrible first half and Peterhead were deservedly in front at half-time.
“We had to change things at the break because Jamie Bishop had suffered concussion but we got back in the game and I thought we were on top but then they got the goal and we got another couple of injuries.
“Phil Johnston had been looking very lively but he pulled up with a thigh injury and Dale Fulton pulled his hamstring but I’m not making excuses.
“The lads were right up for the game but the opening goal took the wind out our sails and we huffed and puffed after they went 2-1 up.”
Peterhead manager Jim McInally said: “We don’t have a good record here and I have a lot of respect for Stirling so it’s a great result.
“I was a bit worried at half-time because we should have put the game to bed and Stirling always seem to come back in the second half for some reason but I thought we reacted well to the equaliser.
“We decided to put Fraser McLaren on and go three up front against their three at the back and thankfully we got the goal before they could adjust.”