Confidence boost needed

Peterhead manager Jim McInally
Peterhead manager Jim McInally

The Blue Toon returned to winning ways last weekend with a 1-0 victory over Berwick Rangers, lifting Jim McInally’s side into the promotion places and above the likes of Third Division new boys, Rangers.

The game, which was far from the thriller fans were perhaps hoping for, ended a run of three straight defeats for the Balmoor club, McInally declaring that his side was “worth the points” and that the rut was over in a post-match interview on peterheadfc.com.

Confidence, however, going into the home fixture was something of a problem for the Blue Toon, only finding the target once, late into the second-half. McInally (pictured) said after the game that he “couldn’t believe that we had so many guys short on confidence”.

“Although I thought we worked really hard, you could see that confidence was short,” he said. “What you’re trying to say to them is that, you know, that’s how good you can be. Hopefully, in the next couple of weeks they’re going to be joint top of the league,” adding that, after seven games they were above Rangers.

“What else can you ask for really?” McInally said.

Bryan Deasley received his share of praise from the boss, the 24-year-old coming on in the second-half was referred to as “terrific” by the former Scotland international.

McInally, however, revealed that Martin Bavidge, who recently played in his testimonial fixture against Aberdeen, was out of contention for the win due to an ankle injury he had been having trouble with.

With a week off to recover from the game, the Blue Toon travelling to East Stirling for their next fixture on October 20, Blue Tooners will be hopeful that McInally can mastermind a victory over the Third Division’s bottom side to cement Peterhead’s place, for another week, in the play-off positions.