Match Previews

Peterhead v Airdrie preview

Thu 22 Oct 2015

Peterhead manager Jim McInally is stressing the need for a morale-boosting League 1 victory this weekend.

The Blue Toon welcome third top Airdrie to Balmoor chasing their first league win since the 22nd August.

Too many draws have hindered their season so far, although they were beaten by Albion Rovers last Saturday.

John Gemmell’s 89th minute goal separated the sides in Coatbridge but McInally does not want his players to dwell on that disappointment.

McInally said: “To get confidence back, we have to start winning regardless of performances.”

“There have been times this season when we have played some good stuff and I have encouraged the players to pass the ball out from the back.”

“But it’s a time for getting back to basics because we need to get back on track and Saturday would be a fine time to do it.”

“With some big games ahead, we have a lot to look forward to and it is too early in the season to get down about things.”

“There is nothing you can do about results in the past so we need to move on.”

A familiar face is likely to be in the Airdrie line-up, with David Cox poised for a recall after a one-match suspension.

The 25 year old, who left Peterhead in the close season, has enjoyed a good start to his Diamonds career.

McInally said: “I don’t think Coxy has anything to prove to me or to the Peterhead supporters. He was a popular player here and I still keep in contact with him.”

“He’s a boy that I have a lot of time for and the main thing is that he is in a good place as far as his life goes.”

“That is more important than a game of football so it will be good to see him.”

“But I still hope he has a poor game and he can return to playing well the following week.”

Steven Noble is rated doubtful with a back injury but Nathan Blockley and Leighton McIntosh are in contention again after ankle and hamstring problems respectively.