Peterhead boss Jim McInally was not in the mood to point fingers following a humbling 6-3 defeat by bottom-of-the-league side East Stirlingshire.
Instead, the former East Stirling boss was confident that the loss would help highlight and eradicate the problem of Blue Toon consistency.
Speaking to the Buchan Observer, yesterday (Monday), McInally said that he couldn’t explain the defeat:
“I can’t really say what happened, to be honest.
“We took the lead, and it was a case of being professional until half-time. So to go in 5-1 behind is a shock.
“Some of the goals were really freakish and fantastical, and the crazy thing is that we could have pulled it back in the second-half.
“It was a bizarre game.
“When you lose like that, you lose as a team, and we’re not going to blame individuals for it.
“It’s unacceptable, and I feel sorry for the supporters who came down to watch the game,” he added.
Consistency has long been a problem for the Blue Toon in the Third Division this season, but McInally had seemingly reignited the players’ ambitions to see themselves out of trouble of late, lifting the North East side from the bottom of the table to genuine play-off contenders.
“We’re probably the in-form team in the division just now, but it’s a matter of inconsistency,” said McInally.
“You go on a three-game winning run and then lose 6-1. It’s something that has got to be eradicated. There are too many inconsistencies in our play.
“It’s something that I’m aware of, but we’re missing a lot of players. Scott Ross, for example, who is an important player for us. We don’t have a lot of natural defenders and there’s an imbalance in the team,” he added.
True enough, McInally is missing several important players in key positions, such as Martin Bavidge, Paul Jarvie and the aforementioned Ross, but given the Blue Toon’s roller-coaster ride of league form, questions have been raised over what will happen in the summer, and whether or not McInally will opt to have something of a clear out to bring in his own players.
Speaking on Rory McAllister, specifically, McInally said that he was confident going forward that the young goal-threat would be part of his long-term plans.
“Rory got the chance to move on a few weeks ago, but decided to stay. He knows my plans and he’s happy here – he’s fully committed, and he wants to stay.”
Next up for Peterhead is Elgin.
While it is still mathematically possible for the Blue Toon to progress from the Third Division, a solid team performance will be the order of the day when they make the trip to the side occupying the last, lucrative play-off spot.