Play-off spot still the main aim says Rory

Rory McAllister believes his side are still in the mix for a play-off spot
Rory McAllister believes his side are still in the mix for a play-off spot

Blue Toon boss Jim McInally was a happier man following Saturday’s 1-1 draw against the Pars.

The last visit to Dunfermline was less than pleasant for McInally and his side when they found themselves on the end of a 3-0 defeat and had three players sent off that day.

And despite a difficult start to Saturday’s game when Dunfermline had them under severe pressure for the first half-hour, the Blue Toon didn’t lose their cool and kept plugging away at their opponents.

McInally rang the changes slightly after half time which produced a more attacking Peterhead formation and that approach paid off when they were awarded a penalty after defender Lewis Martin fouled right back Cammy Kerr.

Up stepped Rory McAllister who remained calm and collected to slot the ball past goalkeeper Ryan Scully and score his seventh goal of the season.

Speaking after the game, McAllister said that he was more than happy to take the penalty.

“I’ve been taking the penalties here for five or six years now so I’m more than comfortable in that situation,” he said.

“Cammy got in before the defender and managed to put the ball past him and I believe it was a clear penalty.

“I think Dunfermline were definitely the better side in the first half-hour or so and got the lead, but the way we played I think we deserved to get a point from the game today.

“We were more than happy to take the point - especially away from home.

“Dunfermline are a full-time side whereas we are not and only train once or twice a week.”

Peterhead slipped down to seventh in the league despite the point, but crucially have two games in hand, which if they win both, could see them right back in the mix for a play-off spot.

“We still have those two games in hand,” said McAllister.

“We will see where we are after we have played them, but our main aim now is to get a play-off spot,” he said.

The Blue Toon will be on the road again on Saturday when they will take on Airdrieonians in what will be another tough game.

They then welcome Stirling to Balmoor on Saturday, January 17, with a trip to Brechin and an away game at Stenhousemuir.