McInally wants ‘edge’ as play-offs approach

BRECHIN CITY V PETERHEAD
(DUNCAN BROWN)

PETERHEAD'S NATHAN BLOCKLEY IS CONGRATULATED BY NICKY RILEY
BRECHIN CITY V PETERHEAD (DUNCAN BROWN) PETERHEAD'S NATHAN BLOCKLEY IS CONGRATULATED BY NICKY RILEY

Peterhead manager Jim McInally was pulling no punches following Saturday’s 5-1 loss away to stragglers Brechin City at Glebe Park.

A Robert Thomson hat-trick helped Hedgemen demolish The Blue Toon and McInally was understandably livid following the match.

He said: “Listen, you can’t play football with out a defence but we would have been better putting the supporters on the pitch today and they would have done a better job.

“That was shameful, totally unacceptable.

“How do I lift them ahead of the Ayr game on Saturday?

“I can’t, the players are going to have to do that for themselves.

“The only consistency is that no team down the bottom can blame us for taking the foot of the gas against one as we have now done it against all three.

“Rubbish, absolute rubbish!

“The only thing I would say is that the only fit centre half we had came off injured.

“He shouldn’t have played but we were so desperate to get him on the park.

“Now he might be out for the rest of the season, Gilchrist the same so it will be a long few weeks for us.”

Ayr United added to Peterhead’s misery as they capitalised on the defeat with a 4-0 win over Stenehousemuir.

The result officially confirmed that Peterhead would meet Ayr in the play-offs as the two clubs are now mathematically guaranteed to finish second and third respectively.

However, Ayr can still leap frog Peterhead to finish second and would do so with a win this Saturday.

The difference between finishing second and third effects the location of the first leg of the play-off semi finals.

The team that finishes second will be the away side in the first leg (the midweek game).

McInally said: “From a footballing perspective it doesn’t make a difference but it will effect the crowd.

“Obviously, we would have a bigger crowd on a Saturday than during a mid-week game.

“This game on Saturday will have no baring on the play-off other than that.

“In football you need to play with an edge, we haven’t done that the past few league games as we’ve had noting to play for where as the teams we’ve faced have still had lots to play for.

“But come the play-offs I know that my players are capable of giving us that edge.”