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Peterhead earn point against Pars

Sat 07 Nov 2015

No goals at East End Park but Peterhead manager Jim McInally reflected on a pleasing point and performance against Dunfermline, who missed the chance to return to the League 1 summit.

In fact, the Blue Toon might have come away from Fife with a victory had Leighton McIntosh's effort not come back off the upright, while Rory McAllister was unlucky not to be awarded a penalty after being bundled to the ground.

McInally told Peterheadfc.com: "It was a very good point."

"We were the better side and limited Dunfermline to few chances.  They never really carved us open and Graeme Smith did not have a lot to do, although he did make a good save from a free-kick late on."

"I felt we were unlucky when Rory was goal side of his marker and was pulled down.  Not only should it have been a penalty, it would have resulted in a red card because it was a last man challenge."

"But, anyway, the players did well against a team in good form and in front of a crowd of around 3,000." 

This was just the response McInally was after, following the Blue Toon's collapse in the 4-3 defeat to Stenhousemuir last Saturday.

Jassem Sukar was thrown straight into the team, 24 hours after completing a month's loan from Dundee Utd.  Scott Ferries was also handed a start, playing left of McAllister with McIntosh on the right flank in a 4-3-3 system.

McInally added: "To be honest, I did not know what to expect considering the deflation of last week.  When you lose a three goal lead and come away with nothing, it does affect you."

"I had to use the squad with several players unavailable. Ally Gilchrist, Jamie Stevenson and Nicky Riley were out and Cammy Kerr was suspended but I was still happy with the team I had out on the park."

"Jassem did well in his first game but I was pleased with all the players. They showed character after what happened last week and put in a good shift."

Meanwhile, Peterhead are waiting to learn the extent of a foot injury suffered by Simon Ferry, who was replaced by Jordon Brown early in the second half. 

PETERHEAD XI                                                                   

                    Smith

 Strachan  Ross  Sukar  Noble

  Ferry  Dzierzawski  Redman

  McIntosh  McAllister  Ferries