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Tue 31 Jul 2012

Peterhead  boss Jim McInally was disappointed to see his team lose out to SPL side Dundee in the Scottish Communities League Cup on penalties, but there were plenty of positives for the one-time Dundee player.

McInally watched his side more than match the Dark Blues, through an entertaining 120 minutes, before Rab Douglas saved Callum Macdonald's penalty, and Scott McLaughlin saw his effort crash off the bar as the visitors won 4-1 on penalties.

The Blue Toon boss was less pleased with a 20 minute spell in the second half where they allowed Dundee back into the game, but he said “I thought we had a spell in the second half where we were hanging on a wee bit, but they [the players] came into themselves again and deserved to win the game.

"Rab Douglas has had some terrific saves and I don’t think Paul Jarvie has had one save in the second half."

 

Neil McGregor blocks a Bryan Deasley shot

 

McInally had commented after the friendly win over Fraserburgh last week this his men still looked a little short of full sharpness, but praised them for their efforts tonight.

“What pleased me as well was our fitness. It was Dundee’s first game, but we’d only played one game beforehand and I thought we matched up to them well.

“You can see the strength we’ve got in the squad now. Robbie Winters played an hour and was terrific, and Stephen Maguire came on and did well."

And he feels his side have now set a standard which must be maintained if the Blue Toon are to achieve their ambitions this term.

He added.“They’ve set themselves standards tonight, and they set themselves standards last season. If they don’t match up to them this season, we’ll be more ruthless. We’ve got to be concentrated, and if we do that then we are capable of going up with Rangers.”

A full match report will follow.