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Peterhead 2 Elgin City 2: Reaction

Mon 26 Aug 2013

Blue Toon boss Jim McInally revealed the sense of frustration in the home dressing room after his side came from behind to take a hard-earned point against an Elgin City side that were two goals to the good with just 13 minutes left.

Ex-Peterhead man Dennis Wyness had prodded home from close range in the first half and it was another former Balmoor man who got the second, Craig Gunn taking advantage of debutant Ryan McGeever's error to double the lead.

"There's a lot of doors getting kicked and massive disappointment. Not from me, I should add, because they showed a courage that probably a lot of people didn't think they had.

"To suffer another goal like that when you're fighting your way back into the game; that's what we were doing. We were huffing and puffing, there was absolutely no quality.

"You can see that they're a team who, when things are going well, are flying with confidence. They're up and at them, they're feeling good about themseves, and they're trying things. When things aren't going well, you see people going into a shell and not being as brave as they should have been on the ball.

"To come back from the second goal speaks volumes for their character."

Rory McAllister was back in action after his two-game club suspension for disciplinary reasons, and McInally acknowledged the contribution of his striker, even if things weren't always going his way.

Bryan Gilfillan leads the celebrations after his goal

"It was always going to be a hard day for the likes of Rory," he continued. "I've just said to him that it was great work-rate. Things didn't quite work for him on the ball, and I thought he got a rough deal at times from the referee. They kept at it and I can only praise them for that.

"It wasn't good enough as far as their performance, but character is everything. We've already said that we don't want teams coming to Peterhead and winning, and Elgin probably thought they would do that being 2-0 up after 77 minutes."

McGeever went some way to atoning for his error by starting the comeback, heading home a David Cox corner, and both were involved in the move that led to Bryan Gilfillan notching the leveller.

McInally refused to blame the on-loan Falkirk youngster for his error, adding "I don't think I've ever personally been involved in a team that's done this and lost so many goals. Ryan has come in and apologised for the goal, but I told him not to because it's been happening all season.

"I've sometimes got to take the blame when we get caught with sucker-punches, because I'd rather lose the game 2 or 3 nil trying to get a way back in it and that's why I threw big Ryan up.

"I felt as though we were going too much route one so you might as well throw a big lad up there who might head it. The irony was, as soon as we moved Ryan up, they started to pass it!

"All in all I'm disappointed not to win in as much as I thought we would win beforehand, but to come back from 2-0 down was great credit to their courage."

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