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Peterhead v Elgin at Balmoor: Preview

Fri 11 Aug 2017

Paul Cairney opened his Peterhead account by scoring in the 3-0 win at Elgin last month Paul Cairney opened his Peterhead account by scoring in the 3-0 win at Elgin last month


Peterhead won by three goals when they faced Elgin a fortnight ago but boss Jim McInally claims his players will need to improve their performance to come out on top again.

The teams meet at Balmoor in League 2 on Saturday as the Blue Toon look to build on their opening day win at Annan.

Elgin started with a share of the points against Cowdenbeath but have not won in 17 matches, stretching back to last February.

However, McInally saw enough from the Black and Whites in the recent Betfred Cup tie at Borough Briggs to know his side must be fully concentrated to pick up another victory.

McInally said: "When we beat them up there recently, I don't think we played particularly well and anybody who looked at the highlights will have seen that Elgin should have scored two or three goals."

"I know we could have scored more ourselves but we know we need to improve on that performance because you cannot rely on the oppositon missing chances."

"We need to get back to the way we were playing a few weeks ago, especially the Hearts game and although the Elgin win was comfortable, we could have done better."

The Peterhead manager added: "I don't think the scoreline will have any bearing on Saturday's match but if Elgin's confidence has been affected by their results then that is good for us."

"Talking from experience last season, when we went through a bad period, it is hard to pick up your form and if that is their frame of mind, that bodes well for us."

Team news - Free from suspension, Rory McAllister returns to the squad and Simon Ferry, who was not risked on Annan's astroturf, will also be included. Jordon Brown is doubtful with an ankle problem.


By Glenn Moir