McInally positive on Toon going forward

Peterhead's David Cox was always in the thick of things against East Stirling on Saturday.
Peterhead's David Cox was always in the thick of things against East Stirling on Saturday.

Having failed to find a win in the previous five attempts, Jim McInally’s side went out with attacking intent when they visited East Stirling over the weekend.

The Blue Toon had only lost two of their five attempts to find a win since January 2nd’s 3-0 thriller over Elgin, leading to the boss, McInally, remaining positive on his side’s chances going forward into the closing stages of the Third Division season.

Last week, McInally had alluded that his side had something else about them when it came to the rest of the play-off chasing pack.

“We’ve got a wee’ bit of steel about us,” he said.

A brace from Rory McAllister in the first half all but prove that much at the weekend, the Blue Toon scoring two more through Andy Rodgers and Scott McLaughlin before half-time to effectively kill the game.

“Obviously, we’ve went through a period of a lot of suspensions. We’ve had to make shift our defence, but we’ve done really well under the circumstances. It’d been a tough period,” McInally told the Buchan Observer after the game.

On their first win in six, McInally added: “I thought we were unplayable in the first half-an-hour on Saturday. I did see it coming to a certain extent.”

New signing Rodgers, meanwhile, drew praise from the manager for his immediate partnership with McAllister.

“He’s given Rory a wee’ bit of foil and a relationship he didn’t have before.”

Rodgers joined the Blue Toon from Stenhousemuir on loan until the end of the season last month, the club having failed to secure his services in the summer.

With 24 games played, McInally finds himself sitting in third place, out of reach of Rangers in first, but, perhaps, too close for comfort with the likes of Elgin and Montrose within touching distance.

“We can just set our goals to try to finish second – that’s the pressure we’ve put on ourselves – to be the best outside of Rangers,” McInally commented.

He refused to be drawn into a potential six-pointed with Queens Park later this month, however, saying instead: “I’m taking one game at a time. We’ve not beaten them [Stirling] yet. They’re my focus.”

Peterhead host Stirling this Saturday, February 16, at the Balmoor. Kick-off is scheduled for 3pm.