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Players' attitude rubs off on rest, beams boss

Thu 21 Sep 2017

Peterhead scored three of their four goals at Cowdenbeath in the first half Peterhead scored three of their four goals at Cowdenbeath in the first half

 

Peterhead boss Jim McInally has praised his players' attitude after two of his key performers played through the pain barrier to help the team.

Niggling injuries meant Jamie Stevenson and Rory McAllister were all but ruled out of last weekend's trip to Cowdenbeath.

With several others also on the treatment table, McInally was facing a selection headache for the Central Park clash.

However, Stevenson declared himself available and lasted the whole match, turning in an assured display.

McAllister also shone during the 75 minutes he was on the pitch after pleading with his manager to play, even though he was not in the initial line-up.

McInally said: "When I got to the ground last weekend, Jamie was in the team because he phoned me on Friday night and said he would like to put himself forward to play, even though he was not quite where he wanted to be."

"That was a boost and then having not heard from Rory since training, I just assumed the worst and left him out."

"The team-sheet had been written and when I turned up at Central Park, Rory asked if he could give it a go."

McAllister was able to persuade his manager to alter the team-sheet and the gamble paid dividends with the talisman setting up two of the Blue Toon's four goals.

Allan Smith netted twice in the opening period and Willie Gibson added to their lead in a rampant first half before Scott Brown completed the scoring after the interval.

The Balmoor gaffer added: "I was not sure whether or not to take the chance with Rory but he was determined to play, although he did assure me he would come off if the injury worsened."

"I'm glad he did play because in the first 30 minutes, he was terrific."

"Without scoring, his nuisance value was worth its weight in gold so it was a great attitude and that rubs off on everybody else."

 

By Glenn Moir