Berwick victory restores confidence

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PETERHEAD’S confidence was finally restored on Tuesday with a much-needed victory at home to Berwick Rangers.

The Blue Toon fans were left biting their nails as their team clung on to a narrow 1-0 win which lifted them off the bottom of the league and gave the players a boost in the run-up to the Scottish Cup game with Celtic on January 7.

Speaking after Tuesday’s victory, Blue Toon boss Jim McInally said that it had been a nervous 90 minutes for both him and the fans, but he described the result as “well deserved”.

“It definitely was a long time in coming,” said McInally. “In this game especially when we dominated the second half and we couldn’t see where a second goal was coming from.

“Nevertheless we kept on plugging away and I don’t think our goalkeeper had one save to make in the second half.

“That and the fact that our work rate was magnificent.

“Some players did not play particularly well but I certainly couldn’t fault the work rate,” he said.

“The other team are on the verge of play-offs and we were definitely the better team in the first half.

“We nearly tripped ourselves up a couple of times with silly mistakes because we just didn’t talk enough.

“We need some more voices on the park but we will take that away and we put in a determined performance without getting that second goal.”

McInally admitted that his team had rode their luck on a couple of occasions, with a penalty claim turned down and a missed opportunity for the visitors but he made no apology for his side’s victory.

“Sometimes you need a break in football and we have missed out on luck in the past couple of games,” he said.

McInally said that in the past couple of games Peterhead had left themselves open to attack, stating: “In the Queen’s Park game we got what we deserved.

“They deserved to equalise, but I didn’t think that was the case on Saturday. I thought we deserved to hang on.

“I thought we showed a different attitude.

“However, we just have to hang on in there and keep working hard and start to believe in ourselves and I think that the results will start to turn our way,” he said.

“We have now got ourselves off the bottom of the league and we now have to look at the teams above us and start to target them.

“We will get that chance on Boxing Day when we take on Montrose at Balmoor.

“That’s the task I have given the lads - to chase down the teams above us and start climbing our way out of the bottom half of the league.”

Montrose will visit Balmoor in the Boxing Day fixture on Saturday, December 26, and it is hoped that plenty of fans will turn out to support the team and help lift their spirits.

It’s another home game on January 2, when Elgin City pay a visit to Balmoor and a win would get the team in the mood for their star-studded encounter with SPL high-flyers Celtic who will visit on Sunday, January 7 in the fourth round of the Scottish Cup.

The remaining home end tickets are now on public sale. To obtain a ticket fans should go to the front office at Balmoor Stadium on any weekday between 9am and 5.30pm.