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Sense of injustice will fire up players, claims boss

Fri 19 May 2017

Balmoor manager believes harsh red card can inspire Blue Toon Balmoor manager believes harsh red card can inspire Blue Toon

 

Peterhead boss Jim McInally is urging his players to use their sense of injustice as motivation for Saturday's decider against Forfar.

Michael McMullin's controversial dismissal swung the League 1 play-off final in favour of the Loons, who will take a 2-1 lead into the second leg at Balmoor.

The Blue Toon were ahead in the tie when McMullin was shown a second yellow card for apparent simulation, which the club have since appealed.

The case will not be heard by the SFA until next week so the on loan Partick defender will be free to play in the decisive fixture.

That is, at least, some consolation for McInally's men, who felt aggrieved a penalty was not awarded when McMullin went down in the box.

Gary Bollan's team capitalised on their numerical advantage, scoring twice to leave the Blue Toon in a win-or-bust situation.

McInally said: "Michael was getting his jersey pulled as he made his way into the box and then his heels were clipped so he was actually fouled twice."

"I bet you all the money in the world the referee did not know he had already booked him in the first half."

"Had he remembered, he would not have given him a second yellow."

"To get a man sent off when we should have had a penalty, of course that was the turning point."

"But I was proud of the boys the way they dug in and we feel as though, to come away a goal behind, it could have been worse for us."

"The players showed a lot of character to hang in there and we have got a chance of pulling that 2-1 scoreline back.  Saturday is a cup final."

 

By Glenn Moir