Peterhead beat Clyde after Jim McInally learns from previous defeat

Peterhead manager Jim McInally was a happy man this week after seeing his side move to one win from League 1 safety.

Sunday, 25th April 2021, 5:00 pm
Peterhead v Clyde - two-goal Peterhead hero Hamish Ritchie with Clyde's Ewan Otoo

The Blue Toon knocked Falkirk off the top of the table with a 1-0 win at Balmoor last Tuesday and then followed that with a convincing 3-0 win over relegation rivals Clyde on Saturday.

And McInally admitted he had learned a lesson from last month’s 2-0 home defeat at the hands of the Bully Wee which enabled Peterhead to turn the tables on Danny Lennon’s outfit.

He said: “In the recent game against them I felt a wee bit responsible when we went for it.

"I said to them at half-time that the onus was on them to come and beat us so let's not go daft. Let's stay in the game and defend properly and we will get something because something will break for us.

"It turned out perfectly for us, except for the ordering off. You can do without that because the boys are tired enough out there without going down to 10 men.

"We've had these two games at home and got six points out of six which have gone a long way towards preserving our status in this league, which is really what this part of the league's about.

"We still need another win and we go for that on Thursday.”

McInally praised his players for coming up with another big performance so soon after their win over Falkirk, which punched a gaping hole in the Bairns’ title challenge and saw the departure of David McCracken, his former coach at Peterhead, and Lee Miller as Falkirk co-managers.

McInally said: “When you're playing Falkirk and Clyde you don't know what to expect and playing the way we did it's hard to follow that up.

"Clyde's been a team that's been so resilient in the last few weeks; they’ve played umpteen games, they played in the Scottish Cup last week and they've never lost 3-0 to anybody so I'm really pleased with the score.

"At the end of the day this season has been so bizarre that stats don't mean anything.

"It’s just about winning. Whoever gets relegated, whoever wins the league, for me it's a wee bit unfair.

"If we can just keep ourselves away from that situation, keep ourselves away from the play-offs, then I'm delighted with that.”