3-0 victory was “bizarre”

Cammy Kerr has a shot on goal.
Cammy Kerr has a shot on goal.

Peterhead FC manager Jim McInally had an unexpected reaction to his side’s 3-0 victory over Stenhousemuir in the Petrofac Training Cup.

Having watched his side secure a spot in the semi-finals of the competition thanks to three first half goals McInally would have been forgiven for lauding his players efforts.

Instead, in his post match interview, the Blue Toon boss called the game ‘bizarre’.

McInally said: “I thought it was poor from start to finish.

“I know football is about winning football matches but it’s bizarre how after the Brechin game where we had a really good second half and lost and 500 people go home disappointed but the 500 people go home happy today after winning three nil - and I thought it was a dreadful three nil”

Despite scoring three goals and keeping a clean sheet the Peterhead manager was not happy with his team’s play overall.

McInally said: “We were never in control of the game at any point, we were never in control of the ball at any point.”

The manager gave reasons for his players not playing to the standard seen at other times during the season as players “trying to find their feet.”

After the slight reprieve for his players McInally was back to questioning the result and the “bizarre mentality.”

He said: “It’s the mentality of football if you think of the amount of games we have played really well in at times and not won them and today we turn up, we’re really poor and we win.”

“It’s bizarre mentality.”

The manager was able to take at least one positive from the game however as he knows how good progression is for the club and the fans - even if he wasn’t fully able to enjoy the occasion himself.

He said: “Even at full time, I found it really hard to go into the dressing room and be really happy but it is still great to be through to the semi finals and it is great for the club.”

McInally’s honest assessment of the game can be seen as a refreshing change to the world of post match interviews.