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Jason targets win at Elgin - but will it be enough?

Fri 04 Aug 2017

Jason Brown's header sent Peterhead on their way to victory against Hearts on Tuesday Jason Brown's header sent Peterhead on their way to victory against Hearts on Tuesday

 

Peterhead visit Elgin on Saturday with their sights on a last 16 place in the Betfred Cup - but there are no guarantees a victory will be good enough.

The equation is far from straightforward.  

However, one thing is for certain.  An away win will rubber-stamp second spot in Group B.

After that, it would be a waiting game to see if a nine point haul would be sufficient to claim one of the four best runners-up places.

In fact, it might not be until Sunday, once Dundee face Dundee Utd, that teams know their fate.

First and foremost, Peterhead, who deservedly upset Hearts on Tuesday, require three points at Borough Briggs against opponents yet to register.

Defender Jason Brown said: "We need to go and get a win on Saturday, knowing that it could put us through to the knock-out stage, which would be good for the club."

"The onus will be on us.  We wont be underdogs like we were against Hearts but we will be going there looking for a victory and hoping we can do that."

"Elgin will be fired up because when the two teams meet, it's always a good game."

"We know they wont be pushovers and we wont underestimate them."

Peterhead head to Moray on a high after their notable win against the Tynecastle club at Balmoor.

Brown nodded the Blue Toon in front early on from Willie Gibson's corner but Kyle Lafferty restored parity with a close range finish.

However, Brown's older brother, Jordon, came off the bench to play his part in the 90th minute winner.

The midfielder was bundled over in the box by Arnaud Djoum and Rory McAllister slotted in the resulting penalty.

Former Inverness Caley Thistle rookie Brown added: "It was almost a free game for us."

"No-one could see Peterhead winning but we believed we could cause Hearts problems and we did that and, in the end, we deserved to win the match."

"It was a great ball in from Willie and I was able to get my head on it and luckily it went in so I was delighted to get my first goal for the club, especially in a big game like that."

Commenting on the winning goal, the 21 year old said: "That's what Jordon does."

"He makes runs into the box and fair play to him for getting on the wrong side of the Hearts player, who pulled him down. "

"It was definitely a penalty and Rory stepped up and tucked it away, like he normally does."

 

By Glenn Moir