Rovers’ pitch may prove problematic

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Peterhead manager Jim McInally has highlighted Albion Rovers’ poor playing surface as a potential pitfall in next week’s match.

Speaking after his team’s disappointing 2-1 loss to Montrose, McInally said: “It’s a difficult place to go for anybody.

“I was saying to the players today that we’re not passing it enough and now we’ve got to go to a place where I read managers complaining about the state of the pitch. It’s a small pitch and you’ve got to get out there and battle otherwise you’re in trouble.”

The Blue Toon may be without talented creative midfield player Stephen O’Neill for the trip to Cliftonhill.

O’Neill was signed on a one-month loan deal from Aberdeen and, although eager to extend the deal, McInally is waiting to speak to Dons’ boss Derek McInnes.

He said: “Stephen’s loan deal is up now so I’ll speak to Derek to see what he’s thinking. I really don’t know whether we’ll still have Stephen - we’ll wait and see.

“He did okay today. We encouraged the players to get him on the ball but we shouldn’t be looking to a young boy of 19 to be our saviour.”