“Still more to come from this side” - McInally

Peterhead manager Jim McInally
Peterhead manager Jim McInally

Peterhead boss Jim McInally has said he believes that there is still more to come from his players after a 2-0 home win against Ayr United on Saturday.

The Blue Toon dominated the match in terms of possession but a strong showing from visiting keeper David Hutton kept the match goalless until the last 11 minutes when Gary McDonald and Andy Rodgers secured three valuable points for the home side.

McInally said the overall performance was pleasing: “I don’t think we’ve dominated a game that much since the last time we played Ayr.

“We passed the ball really well and controlled the game, which I think shows we’re a decent side as Ayr won 4-1 last week and we managed to keep them quiet all game.

“To be honest I was surprised with the attitude Ayr came into the game with.

“They’re a full-time side and I would expect them to want to beat us but I felt they gave us too much respect and seemed to play for the draw.

“It’s not easy to break down a team playing like that, their keeper had a great game and pulled off two very good saves.”

McInally believes that his midfield was the key to inspiring Saturday’s victory.

He explained: “Our entire midfield were very good on Saturday, they’re the reason I feel we dominated the game so much.

“It was great for Gary (McDonald) to get his goal but overall his passing and composure was also excellent.

“We brought him in with the view that he would be a goal scoring midfield player and it looks like that is exactly what he is going to be.”

Peterhead will be at home again next Saturday as they welcome Morton to Balmoor, who McInally considers favourites to win the league this season.

“I think something is going to have to give in that game.

“Morton are the favourites to win the league after Saturday and they’ve strengthened their squad well in January but we’ll be looking to go out and give them a go.

“Every game in this league is difficult. We should have Jamie Stevenson back next week and Rory McAllister will be back the week after who are two big players for us, especially in attacking terms.

“We’ve done really well to open up a gap between ourselves and the bottom two sides and now we need to be looking above and trying to climb up the table.”