“They gave us a reaction”

McInally was pleased with his side's second half performance against Stranraer
McInally was pleased with his side's second half performance against Stranraer

Peterhead are still looking for their first league win of the new season after a 1-0 defeat to Stranraer at Stair Park at the weekend.

The Blue Toon have only managed to earn one point out of a possible 12 so far and currently sit bottom of League One.

However, speaking after Saturday’s defeat, manager Jim Mcinally said he doesn’t expect his side to stay where they are for very long.

He added: “I thought we started the first half okay for 15 minutes but then we lost our way a bit after conceding the goal.

“We lost the goal from a throw-in, which epitomises what has been happening to us this season.

“We had a go at the players at half-time and they gave us a reaction in the second half but when you lose a game like that it’s far more easy to accept than it was after the first half.

“I see a light at the end of the tunnel in the league. If we play the way we did in the second half then we won’t be there (bottom) for long.

“The pleasing thing for me is that we really worked the goalkeeper, which we haven’t been doing enough so far this season.”

McInally has put the recent defeats down to a lack of confidence from his players.

“Nobody likes being down at the bottom of the league, we were two teams lacking in confidence which showed when we got on top of Stranraer,’’ he said.

“I said last year when we came down here and won, I didn’t think Stranraer would be down for very long and I don’t think we will be either if we keep playing the way we did in the second half.

“We can take positives from the game. Scott Brown has come in and played 90 minutes after not doing anything all season.

“We’ll get players fitter and hopefully we’ll get there.

“We defended a lot better in the second half as well so there were positives in this match to take.

“I said to the players, if you’re ever going to lose a match then lose it after giving your lot and that’s exactly what they did in the second half.”