Blue Toon want to finish second ahead of play-offs

PETERHEAD V CLYDE'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S RORY McALLISTER  CELEBRATES HIS GOAL WITH JAMIE REDMAN

PETERHEAD V CLYDE'(DUNCAN BROWN)''PETERHEAD'S RORY McALLISTER CELEBRATES HIS GOAL WITH JAMIE REDMAN

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Peterhead manager Jim McInally has said that his side want to finish second following their 3-0 win over second bottom side Clyde.

The win extends the Blue Toon’s unbeaten run to six - all wins - their last defeat coming at the hands of Elgin on March 9.

Since then, the Blue Toon have went from strength to strength to take a firm grasp on second place, an historic victory at Rangers last fortnight having already secured a play-off place for the North-east club.

Their continued good run against their visitors last weekend, meanwhile, again had McInally praising his team, despite a slow start which saw Elgin threaten to open the scoring.

“To be honest, I actually really enjoyed watching us defend because I thought, defensively, we really really good.

“We never looked as though we were going to concede and, you know, there’s two sides to the game,” the manager said following the game.

He continued, saying that, in the second-half, he felt that his side “were at it straight away.”

“I felt as though, you know, we coasted in the second-half,” McInally summed up.

There was, meanwhile, individual praise for brace scorer Andy Rodgers.

“I think you can see that him and Rory’s (McAllister) got a wee understanding there.

“Last week at Ibrox, when the two of them were together, they were a real handful.

“Andy’s like Rory to a certain extent, where he can frustrate the life out of you and, you know, with some of the stuff he’ll try, but when you see the technique of his first goal, and even the way he headers the ball, I mean, sometimes you’ve just to live with him.

“Him and Rory are goal scorers and I think they’re a good partnership,” he added.

Midfield enforcer Dean Cowie was also praised for his performance by the boss, who said that, again, he set the tone for the side’s pressing.

“I thought he was excellent,” McInally said.

Next up for the Blue Toon is an away trip to third placed Queens Park, a side which shares equal points with Peterhead.

“We’d like to finish second, you know, so, I mean, Queens Park will need to come and beat us,” declared the manager.

“We haven’t got a big enough squad that we can play about with teams. We’ll obviously make some changes, I’m sure they will, but, you know, it’s not ideal.

“You just deal with it. I mean, it’s not as if we’re actually going to Hampden to play on a bowling green of a pitch, so we’ll go and enjoy it and we’ll do our best to finish second.”

Kick-off at Hampden Park is scheduled for 12:45pm this Saturday.