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Ross insists Forfar tie is far from done

Thu 18 May 2017

Scott Ross, in action against East Fife earlier this season, says belief is key Scott Ross, in action against East Fife earlier this season, says belief is key

 

Scott Ross is confident of a turnaround in the play-off final against Forfar to preserve Peterhead's status in League 1.

The Blue Toon must win at Balmoor to avoid relegation, after a 2-1 defeat in Wednesday's first leg at Station Park.

The result hinged on the dismissal of Michael McMullin, who was shown two yellow cards by referee Stephen Finnie, the second for apparent simulation in the box.

Peterhead were on top in the tie prior to the controversial red card but Forfar made the most of the extra man by scoring twice to gain the upper hand.

However, Ross believes the Blue Toon showed their battling qualities to cling on and limit the damage, and is sure they can fight back in the return leg.

Ross said: "Some teams might have gone and finished the game off there and then but we dug in and managed to keep the score at 2-1."

"It will be back to 11 versus 11 on Saturday so it's not finished."

"When we had the same amount of players on the pitch in the first half, I thought we did well and made some chances."

"Yes Forfar are dangerous with the likes of Gavin Swankie and David Cox but it's what we do."

"We have got the spirit and we showed recently we can get the right result when it's required so we just need to turn up on Saturday and believe."

"That's the main thing, we need to believe."

"We have shown the heart and desire before that you need to go and turn things around so we still have a good chance."

There will definitely be changes to the team for Saturday's decisive second leg, with the most notable absentee being the suspended Rory McAllister.

It's unlikely the talismanic striker would have featured anyway due to a groin problem that flared up during the first match, which saw Craig Reid and Jamie Stevenson hobble off.

Ross is adamant the Blue Toon have the necessary players to come in with Leighton McIntosh and NIcky Riley pushing for starting roles.

Ross continued: "We have got Leighton, who is a big, strong boy and we have Nicky, who takes the ball in well."

'We have got the players and it's not all down to Rory."

"Yes, he has scored most of our goals this season but other lads have got to step up now and show what they can do."

 

By Glenn Moir