Still more to come from Blue Toon says boss

Peterhead manager Jim McInally
Peterhead manager Jim McInally

Jim McInally believes his side are still capable of better performances despite a 3-1 win away to Airdrie on Saturday.

Goals from Ryan Strachan and Jamie Stevenson helped the boys from Balmoor secure their first win of the new year.

But McInally believes his side are capable of better as he explained: “I think we were lucky to be ahead in the first half, they made us work hard and it wasn’t until after the third goal that we really looked comfortable.

“The first goal was very well worked and the second was an excellent corner but we got lucky that it came off an Airdrie player to put us infront.

“After the third goal we were more comfortable and limited their chances but we missed opportunities ourself to go further ahead.

“We still have to hit the heights we are capable of. and a lot of guys have yet to find their best form. Nicky Riley for example, who came on in the second half, hasn’t played since October.

“There is definitely more to come from this side.”

Next up for Peterhead will be a home tie against bottom side Stirling Albion.

The Beanos will be looking to push on after narrowly missing out on all three points against Dunfermline at the weekend.

“We know what to expect from Stirling,” said McInally.

“They were promoted to this league alongside us and have beaten us a few times at Balmoor lately.

“If we can win on Saturday then we will put ourselves right in the mix for a play-off spot. It’s a big game and a big opportunity for us,” he added.

Nicky Riley made his return after signing on until the end of the season on Friday.

The former Dundee midfielder is now looking to contribute to the Blue Toon’s push for the play-offs.

Riley said: “I’m delighted to be back playing after almost three months out.

“I knew leaving Dundee I’d be in for some time off so I kept fit by training with the Peterhead boys. I was watching the matches and was desperate to get back playing.

“I really enjoyed my time on loan here earlier in the season and once I could sign with a club it was an easy decision.

“If you look at the league there isn’t much between the teams in the top and bottom half, and Stirling showed that against Dunfermline on Saturday.

“We’re expecting a tough game but hopefully we can come away with three points.”