Club News

PETERHEAD 1 STRANRAER 1

Sat 11 Feb 2012

Blue Toon manager Jim McInally blasted his side's habit of starting games slowly, as they recovered from losing a first minute goal to earn a point against Stranraer.

Craig Malcolm opened the scoring for the visitors after just 54 seconds before Rory McAllister's spot kick three minutes before the break levelled the scores.

Despite Peterhead pushing forward in droves, they could not force home what would have proved the winning goal, McAllister's shot off the post the closest they came.

McInally admitted his side could have been blown away in the first half hour, and praised goalkeeper Paul Jarvie for a string of superb saves which kept his side in it.

The former Scotland midfielder said "It was a terrific game. We were lucky still to be in it. The goalie's pulled off a couple of double-saves to keep us in it but we came back into it the last 15 minutes of the first half and dominated the second half. We were unlucky not to win it.

"The first game we played after I came here was against Stranraer and they were miles better than us. We've been down there and there was nothing in it, and there was nothing in it again today so it shows we've come a long way.

"We've been trying to pick off the teams above us, and if we keep playing like that we'll win games."

Martin Bavidge congratulates Rory McAllister

Man of the match Jarvie was forced off with an injury in the dying stages of the game and McInally added "He's had a bang on the elbow. We don't know how serious it is yet. Jel (Raymond Jellema) is a decent keeper too, so we're OK as far as keepers go.

"In all the games he's been in, it's the first time I've seen Paul having to make saves and they were brilliant saves, good reaction saves. We're thankful for it."

A full report is now available, with match highlights on Blue Toon TV.