Lessons to be learned from Cup defeat says McInally

Peterhead's David Cox holds off a challenge from Kevin McBride.
Peterhead's David Cox holds off a challenge from Kevin McBride.
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Peterhead fell to a Cup defeat at the hands of Dundee at the weekend as they prepare to get their League One campaign underway.

The Blue Toon were outplayed by their Premiership opponents with new Dundee signings Simon Ferry, Greg Stewart and Luka Tankulic scoring debut goals as Dundee ran away in a 4-0 rout in the first round of the Scottish League Cup.

Ferry opened his account when he prodded in a loose ball from close range, while former Cowdenbeath striker Stewart got in on the act just before half-time.

Peter MacDonald headed in Dundee’s third before Tankulic struck late on.

Peterhead, newly-promoted to Scottish League One, were given a taste of what was to come as early as the fourth minute when Gary Harkins, hit the crossbar.

However, the Blue Toon almost levelled when a Scott Ross header was cleared off the line by Thomson.

A poor pass by Kyle Benedictus gave Peterhead an opening early in the second half by Rory McAllister turned over following set-up work by Jamie Redman and Andy Rogers.

Commenting after the game, Blue toon goalie, Graeme Smith said that he felt the 4-0 scoreline was not a fair reflection on the game.

“I thought 4-0 was a bit harsh on us, but there are lessons to be learned,” he said.

“There is no

disgrace in losing to a team of Dundee’s quality.

“However, it’s an experience which we can hopefully use to our own benefit in the games ahead.”

Peterhead manager, Jim McInally agreed, stating: “It was a tough task and a big learning curver for the players.They were just too much for us with their guile and skill.

“We have tgot to look forward to the start of the season and hopefully give a positive account of ourselves.”