Toon struggle away to table topping Blues

Peterhead FC boss Jim McInally
Peterhead FC boss Jim McInally

Peterhead made one of the longest away trips in Scottish football this season only to come back up the road with no points.

The Blue Toon lost 2-0 to league leaders Stranraer in a dismal game at Stair Park.

Despite the result, boss Jim McInally took a lot of positives away from his side’s performance.

He said: “Stranraer are capable of playing very good football and I felt we didn’t slow them to play a good game.

“Last week they played Dundee United in the cup and looked just as good as them.

“I think the game was poor in terms of entertainment value and perhaps a draw would have been a fair result but you have to score goals to win games and we didn’t look like doing that on Saturday.

“Apart from their goals they never really threatened and didn’t look that much better than us, which is a good improvement from the last time we played them as they bullied us physically in that game and looked the better side.”

Jim added: “We didn’t let them bully us this time.”

McInally felt that had they not been missing two key players on Saturday, they could have been more dangerous in front of goal.

Rory McAllister and Jamie Stevenson missed out on the trip and McInally feels they could have made a difference to the score line.

He explained: “They are both big players for us.

“We had the ball in good areas during the match but we were lacking in the final third.

“The lads played with a lot of commitment which was good but we were just missing that bit of quality in font of goal.”

Saturday also marked the debut of new midfielder Gary McDonald, who went straight into the starting 11 after signing on Thursday.

The former Kilmarnock, Aberdeen and Hamilton midfielder was previously with St Johnstone but was released by the Perth Saints at the end of the January transfer window.

McInally says McDonald will bring invaluable experience to his side.

“The opportunity to add Gary to the squad was something we couldn’t turn down.

“He brings invaluable experience to the side and even on Saturday he was very vocal and was constantly talking to the other lads in the team.

“He’s a very fit player coming from a full time basis and will still be training with Kilmarnock where... (Cont. P39)