PETERHEAD’S players have been urged to keep focused as they prepared for a crucial double-header against Queen’s Park this week.
With a 3-0 victory over their play-off rivals at the weekend, Blue Toon boss Jim McInally is urging his squad to stay focused as they begin their push for promotion with an away trip to Hampden on Wednesday.
McInally says he is taking nothing for granted, despite a comfortable away win on Saturday and says there should be no signs of complacency for his players.
And with several of the Spiders’ squad having been rested for Saturday’s game, he believes the play-offs will provide somewhat tougher competition for his side.
“Despite Saturday’s win we can’t get carried away as Queen’s Park were a good bit short of their full team,” he said.
“The next two games will provide us with very different opposition and they won’t make things easy for us.”
McInally said Saturday’s result was “brilliant”, with Peterhead ending their season in second place behind league champions Rangers.
“As soon as Rangers came into the Third Division teams knew that second was the only realisitic finishing spot, so to achieve that was superb,” he said.
“We have now won eight games in a row, which is phenomenal. I don’t think I’ve ever been involved with a team which has achieved this.
I had wanted the second leg of the play-offs to be at Balmoor as it makes things a lot easier for us,” he said.
And it’s sure to be a packed house as Blue Toon fans urged their team to victory in the hope of Second Division status next season.
Goal machine Rory McAllister will be available for both games, having served a one match suspension, with the only worries for McInally being Steven Noble who picked up a hamstring injury and David Cox, who suffered a knee problem.
Assuming Peterhead win the semi-final, then their next opponents could be either Berwick Rangers or East Fife - both of whom have proved tricky in previous encounters.
Peterhead FC chairman, Rodger Morrison, praised the team, and manager McInally, for their efforts and hopes that Balmoor will be packed for Saturday’s crucial tie.
“We had started off well in the league then took a bit of a dip in form, but things have certainly turned around and to have eight games without defeat is fantastic,” he said.
“There is a definite positivity about the side and the team is playing well and getting the results it deserves.
“Hopefully we can get a packed house on Saturday to cheer them on and the supporters will come out in force to help the side get promotion.
“It’s been a fantastic season end so far - we need to make sure that we can keep up the momentum.
“To get promotion would be the perfect scenario for the club and the fans. So let’s all get behind the lads this week,” he added.