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We can't be under Par on Saturday, says McInally

Thu 21 Jan 2016

Peterhead manager Jim McInally admits Saturday's League 1 clash with leaders Dunfermline has the makings of a cracking contest with both teams bang in form.

 
The Blue Toon have racked up four consecutive wins to close in on second top Ayr.  The Pars are on an even better run, having registered five successive victories. 
 
Both sides are also finding the net regularly.  In fact, only Celtic and Rangers have scored more goals across Scotland's four leagues this season.
 
McInally said: "Even if we were not in such good form, we would be still looking forward to this game."
 
"It's always good to have a big club like Dunfermline visiting Balmoor and with both clubs in good form, it augurs well for a really good 90 minutes."
 
"We are on a great run and the amount of goals we have scored in those games has been remarkable."
 
"But if you go back over the last 10 games, Dunfermline have still picked up more points, which shows that their form has been fantastic."
 
The fit again Nathan Blockley returns to the squad after missing the last two matches while Rory McAllister has recovered from a knee knock, which forced him off at Stranraer.
 
Simon Ferry is also available after a groin complaint as the third placed Blue Toon bid to stretch their unbeaten streak to 10 matches.
 
McInally's men have fared admirably against Dunfermline this season, having taken four points from their previous two meetings and the Balmoor boss knows they can't let their standards slip.
 
McInally continued: "When we come up against a full time team, I know we can't be under par in any way."
 
"We really need to be at it on Saturday, otherwise a full time team will pick us off and cause big problems."
 
"But if we stay in our current form, I anticipate us running them close."
 
So just what has been behind the Peterhead turnaround?
 
After stuttering through first quarter of the campaign, the Blue Toon have moved through the gears to motor up the table and look handily placed for a play-off berth.
 
McInally added: "I had someone putting forward different reasons for our good form a few days ago.. But I have always said confidence is 99% of players being able to perform."
 
"We have got it in abundance at the minute."
 
"We have good players at Peterhead and when you have confident good players, you have a great chance of winning football matches."