Club News

Manager wants play-off spot wrapped up

Fri 18 Mar 2016

Securing a play-off berth is on the mind of Peterhead manager Jim McInally as his second top team prepare to host Airdrie in League 1.

An incredible show of consistency from the Blue Toon has opened up a big gap on the chasing pack, which includes Saturday’s opponents.

As things stand, McInally’s men are almost guaranteed a top four slot, which was their season objective, but a win over the Diamonds would rubberstamp their place.

McInally told Waves Radio Sport: “It would be great if we could do it this weekend.”

“I’m so pleased and proud of the players with the effort they have put in this season and it would be fantastic if we could achieve our goal with four or five games to go.”

McInally continued: “It’s tough because we are now a target for teams, who maybe expect to lose so they raise their game and come and have a free go at you.”

“But we need to be ready and try and kick on again after struggling to get going on Tuesday against Stranraer.”

Peterhead pair Ally Gilchrist and Jamie Stevenson are unlikely to feature, with McInally reluctant to take risks ahead of a vital run-in.

Upcoming matches against teams at either end of the table, alongside the Petrofac Training Cup final against Rangers at Hampden, make for an exciting finish to the season.

The Balmoor boss added: “If you look at our fixtures for the rest of the season, we will be facing teams either going for the play-offs or fighting for safety.”

“This week it’s Airdrie and then next Saturday it’s Cowdenbeath at the other end of the table so there is something riding on every game and that is the way it should be.”

“Every match is a challenge.”