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Stirling 2 Peterhead 0: Reaction

Sun 18 Aug 2013

Peterhead boss Jim McInally has called for his side to keep their cool after they fell to a 2-0 defeat against Stirling Albion.

Both sides were reduced to ten men in what was at times a tetchy game, and McInally revealed the club are taking a hard-line approach to indiscipline.

Peterhead were already trailing to goals from Dale Fulton and Phil Johnston when substitute Andy Rodgers and Stirling captain Jamie Bishop were sent packing for an off-the-ball incident.

The former Scotland player said “I’ve slaughtered Andy for getting involved. He’s a target. If I’m in the opposition team and I want to wind someone up I go for Andy, and if you wind him up that’s what happens. He says he threw his hands up to get away from a situation, but I’m not defending him.

“As long as they keep cool, that’s the big thing,” He continued. “Even the booking at the end for Scott Ross is needless dissent.

“Our club will be saving some money this year because of the fines. We brought out a new code of conduct that will hammer them for dissent, and it’ll be coming out their wages.

“They need to keep cool heads. We’ve got enough quality there. I think Stirling are the other favourites and they didn’t look that much better than us.”

The manager also revealed that disciplinary matters were also what kept Rory McAllister out of the squad at Forthbank, adding “Rory’s suspended for a breach of club discipline. He’ll be missing for a week or two, anyway. It’s my decision, and the board will discuss it on Tuesday. It’s not ideal.”

Jim McInally

Without McAllister, and with other attacking options still building up their fitness, it was left to David Cox to lead the line, although McInally admitted his side struggled to do enough up front.

“Andy’s not as fit as he should be, and Fraser McLaren’s come in quite late, not as fit as he should be. You’re caught out because up until Thursday night, the team is picked and you have to go and change it.

“I tried to play Coxy up and to run in behind them because of the two big guys at the back. It didn’t work in as much as we never got a foothold up there, but I thought generally we did OK. We had plenty of possession but we didn’t get the goals.”

After conceding two soft goals in the draw with Annan last week, McInally was left rueing another defensive mistake which cost his side the opening goal.

He added “The first goal was poor, we hit the self-destruct button and it’s hard to go chasing a game away from home. The second goal was a great strike.

“In the second half we passed it about quite well. We said to them ‘Just keep trying to play, just keep passing,’ and we did that. We had some good passages of play.

“Like any game, you just move onto the next one. Luckily enough we’ve got a cup tie on Tuesday, so we don’t need to dwell on it too long. We’ve nothing to lose against Stenhousemuir, so we’ll have a go at that and see if we can get some confidence back.”

A full match report is available here.