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Free hit can be a knock-out, insists Balmoor boss

Thu 05 Oct 2017

Jim McInally claims the pressure will be off his team in Inverness Jim McInally claims the pressure will be off his team in Inverness

 

The IRN-BRU Cup last 16 tie against Championship side Inverness Caley Thistle is considered a free hit for Peterhead - but they still aim to deliver a knock-out blow.

Blue Toon boss Jim McInally says his team will travel to the Highlands with the pressure off, even though their goal is to spring a surprise.

The Balmoor manager said: "Next week we will be having the opposite conversation when we face an amateur team in Colville Park in the Scottish Cup."

"The Inverness game gives us a free hit but lets try and get a result by causing them problems."

"The following Saturday, the shoe will be on the other foot whereby we will be in a no-win situation to a certain extent so we need to try and make the most of this weekend."

In reaching the final of the same competition two seasons ago, Peterhead won at a Championship venue thanks to Rory McAllister's incredible five-goal haul at Falkirk.

Other cup competitions have seen the Blue Toon getting the better of Premiership sides Dundee and Hearts so there is cause for optimism.

McInally said: "We have proved over a period of time that against teams who have more of the ball, we can counter-attack well."

"The better the opposition means you get more space to play football and you can adopt a style that you would rather play."

"That is a lot different from League 2 and last week for example against Berwick, we were up against a five-man defence and three players in the middle of the park."

"We struggled to break that down whereas this Saturday, we will come up against a team that will just try to run over the top of us but if we can keep it tight, hopefully we can catch them out."

 

By Glenn Moir