Peterhead FC: Focus on visit of Queen’s Park

Blue Toon manager Jim McInally has said he and his players are soley focused on their next game, the visit of basement club Queen’s Park.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 23rd January 2014, 5:00 am

Despite their lofty position in the table, the Peterhead boss is determined to keep his players grounded.

He said: “You’ve got to look after yourselves first and foremonst.

“For us to win the game next week would be massive knowing there will be damage done elsewhere.

“First we need to go and get the win, then we can have a look at the table.”

Annan Athletic, who had won four games in a row before Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to fellow title-contenders Clyde, have a game in hand over the league leaders but even a win would now not take them top.

This week the Galabankies face another promotion candidate, Stirling Albion.

McInally and his charges know a win for Stirling would give them a huge advantage at the top of the table if they can beat the Spiders.

McInally continued: “If we play like we did in the second half against Montrose we will win most of our games.

“If we play like we did in the first half then we’ll struggle.”

Queen’s Park have only won three of their 20 matches this season and Peterhead have put seven goals past them already.

However, since the departure of manager Gardner Speirs in late December, a resurgent Queen’s Park have won two of their four games.

Blue Toon striker Andy Rodgers, who scored twice in Peterhead’s 5-0 demolition of the Spiders in November, recognises the threat next week’s visitors pose.

He said: “Queen’s Park have definitely turned a corner, as we at our place thought they would.

“They’ve got some good players. A lot of them are younger boys, which might be why they have struggled, but we know it could be tough this time out.”

McInally is facing no new injury problems for Saturday.

Fraser McLaren has recovered from a hamstring injury and came off the bench to play 15 minutes against Montrose.