McInally praises “solid” Toon defence

Peterhead manager Jim McInally
Peterhead manager Jim McInally
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Peterhead Football Club manager Jim McInally has spoken of his delight after the team won 1-0 at home against Stenhousemuir.

McInally said: “It was a bizarre game where we had to substitute three players before half time.

“In an ideal world I would have put Fraser McLaren on to give us an extra striker but he would probably have had to be subbed due to his lack of match fitness.

“Towards the end we had a lot of tired players with three substitutes on the pitch that hadn’t been getting a lot of football recently and that’s why we ended up hanging on a bit near the end, but we created enough chances to win the game far more comfortably.

“The pleasing thing was that we worked their keeper more so than probably any other this season.

“Stenhousemuir dominated for long spells but our Keeper has hardly had a save of note to make.”

He added: “I thought Graeme Smith in goal and our defence did really well, they were solid today.”

There were concerns that the Blue Toon could be missing players due to Andy Rodgers, Dean Cowie and Jamie Stevenson being sent off for injuries during the match.

Commenting on this McInally said: “Andy felt his hamstring tighten up from the first run that he made so I think he came off before it pulled.

“Jamie Stevenson felt his groin pulling a bit so we got him off in time and Cowie has a torn cartilage, some days it flares up and some days he is ok, probably coming off a plasitc pitch didn’t help him.

“He has an operation date but it’s not until October which we aren’t particularly happy with so we are going to try and get that brought forward.”

Speaking about the team’s future game plan, McInally said: “Getting the win and getting back on track were important to us and we can now look forward to the trip to Dunfermline next week.

“We played there in a friendly a few seasons ago and the boys will enjoy the stadium.

“We will need to work hard to get anything from the game but will go there to enjoy ourselves and try to be awkward customers for them.”