Manager says Peterhead players performed well

PETERHEAD V CELTIC'(DUNCAN BROWN)''CALLUM MCDONALD BRINGS DOWN ANTHONY STOKES
PETERHEAD V CELTIC'(DUNCAN BROWN)''CALLUM MCDONALD BRINGS DOWN ANTHONY STOKES

Peterhead FC manager Jim McInally was proud of his lads and their efforts against Celtic FC at Sunday’s fourth round Scottish Cup clash.

A staggering 4,505 fans packed into Balmoor Stadium, with around 2,000 Celtic fans in attendance at Balmoor.

Blue Toon fans had plenty to shout about in the first half hour of the game, and in particular the first five minutes, when Peterhead had a golden chance to take the lead.

McInally said: “The first five minutes was a really good start for us, and the first half hour was definitely our best spell.”

Crowds could be heard chanting from the surrounding streets of Balmoor, and the Blue Toon lads kept their cool.

“They played their best,” continued McInally.

“They showed their aggression, and there were a lot of angry Celtic players at times. I said to the lads, when Celtic are in possession of that ball they will cherish it and they weren’t prepared to give it away easily. That’s what makes it hard for us at our level. We worked hard at times to get the ball back, but we were tired when we did get it.”

Playing conditions were almost perfect for Celtic, and McInally said that a howling wind would have levelled it a little.

“It’s disappointing for us not to have any shots at goal or more crosses in the box. I’m proud of the players though and thought their work rate was terrific.”