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Peterhead set for Pars Group B trip

Fri 04 Aug 2017

Paul Cairney made his Peterhead debut in last week's win over East Fife Paul Cairney made his Peterhead debut in last week's win over East Fife

 

Increasing the players' match-sharpness and bedding in the newcomers are two objectives for Peterhead in the Betfred Cup.

But the top priority is to try and get out of Group B and tomorrow the Blue Toon visit leaders Dunfermline, who have five points so far.

The Pars, following their 6-0 demolition of Elgin, gained a bonus point penalty shoot-out win against East Fife this week after the derby match finished goalless.

Peterhead's opening victory over the Methil men last weekend gave them early hope of progressing beyond the round-robin stage for the second year in a row.

Boss Jim McInally, whose team hosts Hearts on Tuesday, said:  "We want to get out the group."

"We are not in it just to make up the numbers but I'm realistic enough to know how hard it's going to be, especially the next two games."

"I have already said that we want to come out of it with confidence, having bedded the players in and doing ourselves proud in it."

"We go to Dunfermline on Saturday, which will be tough and then we have got Hearts at home and we know how difficult that will be." 

"It's a good test for us and three games in a week will get everybody up to speed with their fitness."

"We know we will need to make changes from game to game but at least we are off to a good start."

Midfielder Paul Cairney, one of several new faces to arrive at Balmoor this summer, made his debut in the 1-0 victory over East Fife and is eager to continue the momentum at East End Park.

Cairney added: "It was good to get a first win under our belts and I'm just delighted to get back playing again."

"We want to do well in the cup but our main aim this season is to get promoted from League 2."

"We have got a lot of experience here, guys who have played at a higher level, so that should stand us in good stead."

 

By Glenn Moir