Play-off race could go down to the wire

Peterhead FC boss Jim McInally
Peterhead FC boss Jim McInally
  • Peterhead boss disappointed with recent match results
  • Team needs a run of wins to stay in the mix for the play-offs
  • Next game is against Forfar

Peterhead boss Jim McInally says his side must go on a run of wins if they want to be in the mix for the play-offs.

The Blue Toon had a disappointing week after a 3-3 draw away to Ayr last Tuesday followed by Saturday’s 2-1 loss to Stenehousemuir.

If we are to have aspirations of reaching the play-offs then this game is a must win for us.

Peterhead FC manager Jim McInally

McInally says the second half against Stenny was the worst his side had played for a long time:

“The last three games we have played well apart from the second half on Saturday. We played really well in the first half and going into the break at 1-1 after playing against terrible windy conditions was really good.

“The wind meant it wasn’t a game you could play well in, you couldn’t get the ball in behind the defence as the wind would just carry it through.”

McInally was also disappointed by a refereeing decision which could have cost his side a valuable point in the match.

Dundee loanee Cammy Kerr was tripped inside the box but stayed on his feet and got a shot away while off balance.

McInally felt that the spot-kick should have still been awarded.

“I spoke to the ref after the match about it. I think its a shame that Cammy has been punished for being honest.

“It’s difficult for refs but I think if that had been anywhere else on the park he would have pulled it back for a free kick.

“At the end of the day it was a foul, but the ref didn’t cost us that match, we were poor in the second half and certainly didn’t deserve three points.”

The gaffer now knows that if his side are to be involved in the play-off race they need to go on a run of winning games, starting tonight against Forfar at Balmoor.

“If we are to have aspirations of reaching the play-offs then this game is a must win for us.

“We’ve no right to go to places like Ayr and Steny and just expect to win, any team can take points off each other and do damage and if other teams above us lose we need to capitalise on that and start winning again.

“We haven’t played Forfar at home yet, it will be a tough game but given some breaks and a bit of luck were capable of winning.

“They key things will be defending from set pieces and taking our chances when they come, two things which have been poor for us lately.

“There are still 30 points to play for in this league.”