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Peterhead 1 Stenhousemuir 3: Reaction

Thu 22 Aug 2013

After watching his side miss a last-minute penalty and then lose 3-1 to Stenhousemuir in the Ramsdens Cup, Jim McInally cut a frustrated figure.

The manager is still looking at the positives, but admitted that his side are causing themselves problems defensively at the moment, and they weren’t helped by Ryan Strachan’s penalty miss in injury time at the end of regulation time.

As forthright as ever in the immediate aftermath of the game, he said “To be honest, I think that’s the poorest we’ve played this season.

“To miss a penalty with the last kick of the ball is a massive thing and I don’t think we quite recovered from it. You saw the heads going down, and as much as we kept at it in extra-time, defensively we’re pretty poor at the minute as a team.”

David Cox had put the Blue Toon ahead with a superb lob over former St Mirren goalkeeper Chris Smith, but his mistake led to the equaliser, and McInally was also none too pleased with the second goal Peterhead conceded.

He continued “The wee man’s first to hold his hands up for the first goal, and it’s a massive part of the game.

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“The second goal, we’d warned them about big Gemmell peeling off and we felt it was the only way they were going to hurt us, especially with ten men. We didn’t really cope with him all night – he’s a handful and a big player.”

Ross McNeil added a third goal at the end of extra-time as Peterhead chased a leveller, but McInally felt it was a game needlessly lost.

“I felt the first 20 minutes of the second half, Stenny were outplaying us and outpassing us, but after they scored the game changed a wee bit and it was pretty level until 90 minutes. We still didn’t play with the confidence we’re capable of and we need to pick them up again for Saturday.

“I told them that they just need to keep working as hard as they are and they’ll get their break, but just at the minute we’re shooting ourselves in the foot with decisions.”

Before the match, the club had issued a statement clarifying the situation around Rory McAllister, who had been subject of an internal disciplinary matter, and the manager was keen to draw a line under the episode.

“We’ve got a big game on Saturday against Elgin,” he concluded. “Rory will be back. We could have done with him in the last minute tonight as his penalty-taking is terrific and it’s probably cost us but that’s life. We’ll dust ourselves down, and hopefully we can get back to winning ways.”

A full match report is available here.