Peterhead FC: We’re not a one-man team, says Smith

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After his team’s exhilarating 3-2 victory over Montrose, Blue Toon goalkeeper Graeme Smith insisted Rory McAllister is not the team’s only star player.

McAllister took his goals tally for the season to 16 with two strikes at Links Park, including a fortuitous goal which may not have crossed the line.

Despite McAllister’s outstanding display however, both Smith and manager Jim McInally praised the whole Peterhead squad for their ‘collective’ performances.

Smith said: “Rory’s been taking a lot of the headlines but (striker) Andy Rodgers is every bit as good as him.

“He does the dirty work that allows Rory to finish things off.

“As a collective we’re playing well. We always know we’ve got goals in the side and we can fight back into games.

“We proved that on Saturday against Montrose.”

Smith did concede that Peterhead’s performance last week in the 2-0 defeat to East Stirling, their first loss in 10 games, was disappointing.

“Last week was an exception. The Shire played a risky game where they soaked up a lot a lot of pressure but that could have gone against them.

“Teams come to Peterhead and play for set pieces whereas we’re trying to go and score as many goals as possible.”

Saturday’s victory over Montrose was a 90-minute summary of the Blue Toon’s season so far.

A disappointing first-half performance, marred by individual errors, was followed by a strong team display.

McAllister again added the finishing touches but McInally shared his goalkeeper’s belief that collective performances have been vital this year.

The manager said: “The first half was disappointing because there wasn’t anything in the game and then we gave away another stupid goal with a misplaced pass.

“In the second half we were too strong. We were in their faces, got the ball to our front men and supported them through the middle.

“Rory took his first goal brilliantly but by the same token if he doesn’t get a brilliant pass from Dean Cowie then he can’t get in that position.

“His second goal was a terrific strike and we got a bit of luck for once with the decision.I couldn’t tell if it was in or not from where I was sitting but it was nice to get a decision in our favour because we got a raw deal in the game.”