Football: Peterhead to bounce back

Toon goalkeeper Graeme Smith wants his team to toughen up.
Toon goalkeeper Graeme Smith wants his team to toughen up.

Peterhead manager and squad alike are determined to put their cup defeat behind them when they play Clyde on Saturday.

The team from Cumbernauld, who won their Scottish Cup tie away to Gala Fairydean 3-0, have had a mixed season so far.

Clyde are yet to draw this season, winning three and losing four.

Although they find themselves in ninth place, only two points separate them from Peterhead and the playoff spots.

Toon manager Jim McInally said: “Of course we’ve got a chance of bouncing back against Clyde but I know how hard it’ll be because they’re a really well organised team.

“They always are. They’re hard to break down and they’ve got a couple of lively strikers in their team.”

McInally believes his team’s return to Balmoor after three matches away could be decisive.

“At the end of the day it’s going to be good to get back home again. We’ve been away for a while.”

Goalkeeper Graeme Smith, still in the hunt for his first clean sheet of the season, said: “We say the same things week in and week out. We need to start belearning, we need to be tougher.

“We need to do it sooner rather than later.

“If we don’t do it soon, games and points are going to start slipping through our fingers.”