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Peterhead 0 Alloa Athletic 2

Sat 03 Aug 2013

Jim McInally was keen to concentrate on the positives after the Blue Toon were knocked out of the SFPL League Cup by Championship side Alloa.

The Wasps netted twice in the second half, Ryan McCord’s penalty and a late Andy Kirk header – from a McCord free-kick - doing the damage.

The Peterhead boss said “I thought first half, without doing enough in the final third, we were in control of the game. “They play a real passing game from the back, and even against Dundee last week I think they totally dominated for a good while of the game. They did it against us in pre-season and they tried it for 10 or 15 minutes today, but I felt as though we were really on the front foot. We stopped them playing.

“The wind was a bit of a problem,” he continued. “We couldn’t create enough with it, and then the second half I thought we did better than they did against the wind.

“They got a lift from the penalty. I said to the players, between the game against Aberdeen and today, we’ve conceded from two penalties and two free-kicks, so we’re not doing a lot wrong defensively. We’ve had to have a makeshift back four, and I thought they did well today.”

Graeme Sharp clears despite Ryan McCord's challenge

McInally refused to comment on referee David Somers’ award of what was a soft penalty, the referee adjudging Jamie Redman to have brought down McCord. Instead, he urged his players to focus their minds on the league campaign, which begins next month.

“We were beaten by a side two leagues above us,” he added. “We gave a really good account of ourselves, and I’ve told the players to put it to the back of their minds.

“Even when we went behind, we pushed on again against a strong wind, so all credit to our players. Hopefully we can keep that attitude and that discipline, and if we keep doing that we could be a hard team to beat.”

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