Three more points as Toon march on

Peterhead's Jamie Stevenson celebrates his winner with Jamie Redman and David Cox.
Peterhead's Jamie Stevenson celebrates his winner with Jamie Redman and David Cox.

In similar circumstance to last week against Airdrieonians, Peterhead gained another three points without playing to their full ability.

The Blue Toon beat bottom side Stirling Albion 2-1 at Balmoor with goals from Jamie Stevenson and Rory McAllister.

Boss Jim McInally resonated his comments from last week saying that despite the win, his side can, and have, performed better this season.

“It was not a great game but we managed to get the all important result,” he said.

“I felt as though we created some really good chances in the first half but we didn’t play with enough enthusiasm.

“Stirling seemed to play with more energy.

“In the second half we showed how big our hearts are and played with a much better attitude.”

Stirling took the lead towards the end of the fist half and held it until the 73rd minute when David Cox was brought down inside the box allowing McAllister to score from the resulting spot kick.

“I felt it was definitely a penalty. I watched the highlights and it would be a foul anywhere else on the park,” said McInally.

Next up for Peterhead will be a trip to Glebe Park to face Brechin City who currently sit four points above McInally’s men in fourth spot.

“Every game we play now is a big game,” he said.

“Saturday opened up the gap between us and the bottom half of the table.

“First and foremost our focus needs to be solidifying our place in the league.”

Fourth spot in Scottish League 1 marks the third and final play-off spot.

“If we want to be in the play-offs then we have to go and get ourselves in there. We have to play with no fear!

“At the start of the season we weren’t expected to be in among the big teams in this league, but if we win our two games in hand then we are three points off the top.

“It’s my job to try and keep pushing this team to reach the standards I know they are capable of.

“There is very little between any of the teams in this league.

“Stirling showed that two weeks ago when the drew with Dunfermilne.

“We’re embracing the fact that we can reach the play-offs this season.

“If we play to the standards that we are capable of then there is nothing stopping us,” he added.