Match Previews

McInally challenges his team to jump above Ayr

Thu 04 Feb 2016

Peterhead put their long unbeaten run on the line against an Ayr team, whose form has been patchy of late, but Blue Toon manager Jim McInally knows his men cannot afford to let their standards slip at Somerset Park.

 
It's second versus third in League 1 this weekend, with the Petrofac Training Cup finalists eyeing the chance to leapfrog their opponents in the table.
 
Building up to the crucial clash, McInally gave his thoughts to Waves Radio Sport.  He said: "It's an opportunity to go second but I'm not kidding myself on."
 
"I know how hard it's going to be down there because we are up against a good side, who will be bringing some of their players back from injury."
 
"Other teams have played them recently when they have been weakened so maybe we are a bit unfortunate they are getting guys back now."
 
"But I think it is up to us.  If we play like we can, we can live with all the teams in the league, like we have shown in the last couple of months."
 
"It all depends on how we perform on the day."
 
Peterhead are currently 11 league games without defeat, stretching back to the 31st October.  
 
Aberdeen are the only team in Scotland, who boast a similar record, with the Dons last beaten in the Premiership on the same day.
 
Talking of statistics, only Celtic and Rangers have scored more league goals than the Blue Toon across the SPFL's four divisions.  As things stand, the Balmoor club have banged in 53, one more than table toppers Dunfermline.
 
McInally added: "It's remarkable and I'm so proud of what the players have achieved."
 
"To score that amount of goals is fantastic, bearing in mind everybody has been raving about Dunfermline scoring lots and battering teams."
 
"Now we have overtaken them in the goalscoring stakes, although I am not saying it will last."
 
"Someone recently asked me if it's a burden having this unbeaten run but I would rather have it than not.  Whilst we are in the midst of this fantastic run, we have to enjoy it and not wait for it to burst."
 
Team news - Simon Ferry returns to the squad after a groin strain.  Marc Lawrence is also included following the completion of his loan at Fraserburgh.