Blue Toon told to get on with it

CONCERNED: Peterhead boss Jim McInally is demanding more from his players
CONCERNED: Peterhead boss Jim McInally is demanding more from his players

Jim McInally was left disappointed following Peterhead’s 2-0 loss to play-off rivals Queen’s Park on Saturday, saying afterwards that he could ‘rant and rave’ at his side in the dressing room, but hinting it would be far better to pick themselves up and move on.

The Blue Toon’s home form, which has seen them fail to win any of their last five at the Balmoor, was a talking point post-game for the manager, but he said that he felt it just was not the North-east club’s day.

“We did shoot ourself in the foot, especially with the first goal. We gave them all the encouragement they needed,” he admitted.

“I kind of got the feeling early doors when we missed the first chance that it might be one of them days, and it certainly turned out to be that because how we can get through the game and don’t score is beyond belief really,” he said.

“I know that they were the better side, but we never gave ourself any chance of any encouragement because we never gave ourself that goal to try and give us a wee’ lift – and we had players that just didn’t play well either,” McInally added.

In their last five fixtures at home, the Blue Toon have also only converted one chance, something that the boss is not overly concerned about, saying after the game: “It’s not as if we’re not making chances.”

He, however, conceded that some of his players need to be offering more consistency on the pitch.

The result means that the Blue Toon find themselves in fourth place, the last of the play-off spots, but two games ahead of fifth place Elgin, who will look to overtake the Balmoor club when the sides meet in what could be a decisive game on March 9.

Ahead of that, though, the Blue Toon will travel to bottom side Clyde to get their promotion race back on track.

“We just need to get on with it,” McInally said.