Club News

PETERHEAD 2 ANNAN ATH 2

Sun 11 Aug 2013

Jim McInally was delighted with the attitude of his players after they twice came from behind to earn a share of the points against Annan Athletic.

The visitors had gone ahead through David Hopkirk’s counter-attacking goal, but former Annan man Bryan Gilfillan headed home the leveller. Within a minute, though, Hopkirk had put the visitors back in front, and it took another ex-Annan player, David Cox, to ensure a share of the points.

Rory McAllister could even have won it for Peterhead in the dying minute, but McInally was happy to escape with a share of the points.

“To be honest I’m pleased with the result,” he said. “To score the equaliser and then to concede a goal like we did is criminal. A lot of team would have got their heads down and thought ‘Oh God, it’s not our day’, but that didn’t happen.

“They kept at it, and again we had loads of possession but our decision-making was poor at the end of it. Our effort was terrific. We never gave up, and we were just caught with two sucker-punches. When I came here, we’d have lost that game.

“The players showed a lot of courage, and Rory’s devastated about his chance at the end. He’ll maybe remember that when he’s criticising others, but at the end of the day he’ll come good and teams will suffer because of him.

“It was a bad miss, but I’m delighted with the character of the team.”

Steven Noble evades the challenge of Iain Chisholm

The Blue Toon boss has previously admitted he’s still looking for defensive cover, and the situation wasn’t helped with the pairing that started in central defence, Scott Ross and Steven Noble, both having to be substituted.

With Ryan Strachan missing the match through suspension, it was a makeshift back four that ended the game, but McInally makes no apologies for sending on attacking players.

He continued “We had that many forwards on the park, and very few defenders – our two centre halves were injured! I’m a great believer that it’s better to be beaten 4-1 or 5-1 chasing a game, and sometimes it pays off like it did today.

“I’m just delighted not to lose under the circumstances, because that second goal was criminal from our point of view. The boy has done well with his two finishes, especially the first, but we can’t afford to lose goals like that.

“Scott Ross probably isn’t as fit as he should be anyway, and I think it was a bit of cramp forced him off. Steven Noble took a kick on the ankle. We are making it up a wee bit in central defence at the moment, but all credit to the two Annan strikers who were a real handful.”

A full match report is available here.