Peterhead FC: Squad best in the league says Noble

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Peterhead captain Steven Noble has insisted the Blue Toon are no one-man team and have the best squad in League Two.

Rival fans have accused the Balmoor side of being overly-reliant on star man Rory McAllister.

The striker has already netted 17 times this campaign and his impressive run of form has undoubtedly helped Peterhead climb to the summit of the table.

But Noble says there is more to Peterhead than McAllister’s goals.

The captain told the Buchanie: “I’ve heard it said we’re a one man team but I disagree with that.

“There’s no doubt in my mind that Rory’s the best player in the division but we’ve got other excellent players.

“It would be unfair on the other players to say otherwise - we all play our part.”

Noble’s words rang true after Saturday’s triumph over Clyde, a game in which McAllister was not at his best.

And the Blue Toon will be out to prove a point this weekend as McAllister is suspended for the trip to seventh-placed Albion Rovers.

It looks likely that boss Jim McInally with ask Fraser McLaren to deputise in the striker’s absence and Noble is confident his side will be at their best.

He continued: “Fraser’s an excellent player as he’s proven. He’s come off the bench and scored in two games in a row.

“Now he’s got the chance to start that he deserves.”

McLaren came off the bench to score in each of Peterhead’s last two matches, firstly against Stirling and then against Clyde - scoring at a rate of once every 32 minutes.

McInally concurred with Noble’s thoughts: “I think we’ve got a good record without Rory and I think anybody who watches us at home knows we’re far from a one man team.

“It doesn’t bother Rory, he doesn’t think like that.

“Rory didn’t have a particularly good game against Stirling but we won 2-0 because our keeper’s made two brilliant saves and our defenders stood up to high balls.”