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We need to hang in there, claims Blue Toon boss

Thu 23 Mar 2017

Amassing enough points to beat the drop in League 1 is Peterhead's priority, although boss Jim McInally fears the relegation battle could go the distance.

The Balmoor manager said: "When you look at the league, we could go to the death with this."

"The way games are going and the way teams are beating each other, it might not get sorted until the end."

"We just need to make sure that we hang in there and we work hard but sometimes you do not get the breaks that you think you are due."

By that, McInally was referring to last week's stalemate with Albion Rovers, who were fortunate to escape a late red card or penalty.

Rory McAllister, through on goal, went past home goalkeeper Ross Stewart, who then brought the striker down.

No dismissal. No penalty. Instead a free-kick just outside the box, which ultimately came to nothing.

McInally continued: "As poor a game as it was, we were strong defensively and then with five minutes remaining, you think you have got the breakthrough that you want."

"Albion made a terrible mistake and Rory was one-on-one with their goalkeeper and after going round him, he was cleaned out."

"We got nothing out of it because the keeper just got a yellow card and we did not get a penalty either."

"You can feel sorry for yourself over incidents like that but at full time, the boys were angry and I just felt there was a bit of determination there that I think can get us home, in terms of getting enough points."

"There was also a bit of back-slapping because there were some decent performances and we looked as though we were strong again."

Meanwhile, the Blue Toon could be without two loan defenders for Saturday's visit of Stranraer.

However, skipper Simon Ferry is eyeing a return to the squad after a back injury, which has hindered his season.

McInally added: "I got a phone call from the St Johnstone physio this week telling me that Liam Gordon had been injured in training and that they had sent Aaron Comrie home sick."

"We need to see how they are on Saturday."

"Simon is pain-free again and wants to get back playing, although we are waiting to hear what the specialist has got to say first before deciding if he will start against Stranraer."


By Glenn Moir