Play-off hopes still alive after two home wins

PETERHEAD'S GARY MCDONALD CELEBRATES HIS OPENER WITH JAMIE STEVENSON
PETERHEAD'S GARY MCDONALD CELEBRATES HIS OPENER WITH JAMIE STEVENSON

Peterhead made it back-to-back home wins on Saturday after beating Brechin 3-0 at Balmoor, having previously bested Forfar 3-2 last Tuesday.

Brechin had not lost a league game since October 18, a club record equalling 17 games without defeat, when Gary McDonald, David Cox and Jordan Brown broke the streak.

The results now mean Peterhead sit only four points behind Brechin, who occupy the final play off spot, and will play the Glebe Park men at their ground next Tuesday.

Before that, Jim McInally’s team will have to get past bottom side Stirling, who will be boosted by a 1-1 draw away to Dunfermline on Saturday as they attempt to do whatever they can to fight off an almost certain relegation.

On paper, Peterhead will be strong favourites going into the game but McInally knows that nothing is for certain in the cut throat division.

He said: “Every team in this league is dangerous for different reasons.

“We’re dangerous because teams will have seen us as being in the last chance saloon for a play-off spot.

“Stirling are particularly dangerous because they are getting to the point of no return, they need to start winning games.”

“It’s going to be a very tough game.”

McInally was also delighted with his side’s performances against Forfar and Brechin, feeling his team got what they deserved from their recent games.

He added: “If you take away the second half against Stenny we’ve played very well in our games of late and against Forfar and Brechin we got what we deserved.

“To get a clean sheet against Brechin was very pleasing as it was testament to how the team played as a whole and to go 1-0 down early on against Forfar and come back to win showed great character.”

The Toon Boss was also praising the performances of his latest midfield addition Gary McDonald.

The former Aberdeen man has netted four times since arriving at Balmoor.

“Gary has four goals already and I don’t think a single one has been from outside the box, having a player like that in the team is priceless.

“He has been a different class since coming in and his finishing has been very pleasing.

“The players look up to him and he has given the whole team a boost. “