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Home tie rewarding for away win, states assistant boss

Thu 17 Aug 2017

Davie Nicholls was impressed by the players' showing against East Fife Davie Nicholls was impressed by the players' showing against East Fife

 

Peterhead assistant manager Davie Nicholls reckons a home tie against Annan in the IRN-BRU Cup is a fitting reward for their fine victory away to East Fife.

The Blue Toon will welcome the Galabankies to Balmoor on Saturday 2nd September, following their 2-0 win in Methil on Tuesday night.

Nicholls has admitted he was happy to avoid a potentially lengthy trip to Wales or Ireland, with both nations having representatives in round two.

Boss Jim McInally has already questioned the SPFL's decision to revamp the competition, particularly allowing Colts teams from the Premiership to field two over-age players and Nicholls agrees that the rules need to be revisited.

Nicholls, reacting to today's draw, said: "First and foremost, it is terrific that we have a home tie."

"When you see the names that were in the hat, with all due respect, I would not have fancied a trip over to Sligo."

"The gaffer has already gone on record in saying that the SPFL are demeaning the cup."

"Yes they are trying out different things but my own view is that they are maybe just looking at Championship clubs rather than considering the logisitics of part-time clubs further down the leagues."

"I think it needs to be looked at again but to have a home tie is fantastic."

"Those players, who played the other night, may well get an opportunity again and it will be up to them to go and take that chance."

Fringe players certainly made their mark against East Fife, with young midfielders Marc Lawrence and Scott Adams scoring the goals, which took the Blue Toon through.

French full-back Mikael Ngango Dikobo, a recent signing, also impressed on his debut.

Given the strength and depth of the new-look squad, Nicholls was pleased the reshuffled team grasped the opportunity.

The former Falkirk midfielder added: "It was a very young side but all the players acquitted themselves well."

"The gaffer and I are aware that Marc and Scott need to be playing and whether that means we can perhaps do a deal with a club, which allows them to play an under 20s game on Mondays and then bring them back for the weekend, we will wait and see."

"But we have emphasised that they need to impress in training to try and force their way in and make it hard for the gaffer when he is choosing his squad on matchdays."

"There is a lot of experience and quality at Peterhead this season but, to be fair to both of them, Marc and Scott are working hard and performances like Tuesday will do them no harm."

 

By Glenn Moir