Peterhead boss Jim McInally delighted with first home league win of season

Peterhead boss Jim McInally says he was delighted to see his side take a “big three points” from Saturday’s win over Dumbarton.

Thursday, 26th November 2020, 11:56 am
Updated Thursday, 26th November 2020, 11:59 am
Peterhead manager Jim McInally

It was the Blue Toon’s first home league win of the season, but his injury-hit side had to dig deep to get it.

After taking an early lead through Ben Armour, Peterhead were forced to shuffle their pack after losing Si Ferry to a hamstring injury.

McInally says his side deserved their reward overall.

He said: “It was a brilliant start from us. We really looked sharp and got a good goal and looked like we were going to add to it for maybe 10 minutes.

“Then we had to make a change with Simon which seemed to affect us a wee bit.

“We knew that set pieces would be a problem because we were lacking height.

“At half-time, we told them to do the dirty side of the game and stay in it and in the second half I think we improved a wee bit. We probably deserved it at the end of the day, but it was a tough game.”

McInally highlighted the contributions of two players at opposite ends of their career paths – young on-loan defender Kieran Freeman and veteran striker Derek Lyle – for praise.

He said: “I believe that at Dundee United they don’t see Kieran as a centre-half, probably for no other reason than his height, but he’s got a big heart and loves defending and defending is a wee bit of as lost art in football now.

“He’s been fantastic, and for someone so young to be a key player for us says a lot for him.

“And I thought Derek Lyle came on and was fantasic.

“For someone of his age to come on and show that enthusiasm gave us a real lift when we needed it.”

McInally will be hoping side can follow up with another home win this Saturday when the Blue Toon welcome bottom-of-the-table Forfar Athletic to Balmoor.