Club News

Peterhead eye cup progress against the Wasps

Fri 25 Nov 2016

Saturday's Scottish Cup visit of Alloa gives Peterhead the chance to register back-to-back victories against teams demoted from the Championship.

Last weekend, the Blue Toon demonstrated their capabilities by defeating League 1 leaders Livingston in West Lothian.

Now, they are eyeing a win against the Wasps as they bid to book their place in round four, the stage where the Premiership teams enter.

Balmoor boss Jim McInally said: "People totally wrote us off against Livingston so it was nice to go there and show what we are capable of."

"We have had a few off days this season but, on our day, we are as good as anybody in League 1."

"I thought some of the reporting down there was ludicrous, suggesting we were a bit fortunate to come away with the points."

"We were far more dominant in our defeat to Livi at Balmoor than they were against us last week."

"We counter-attacked really well and could have score more than the two goals we got."

A similar showing tomorrow will give Peterhead a great chance of sealing a last 32 berth in the cup against opponents, who have managed just one win from their last six outings.

Alloa ran out comfortable 4-0 winners the last time the teams met but a change in manager has signalled a change in results.

Irishman Jim Goodwin, still registered as a player, is now in charge of the Clackmannanshire club following Jack Ross' switch to St Mirren last month.

McInally said: "I went and watched Alloa last week and they are still a good side."

"Results have turned a bit against them but that can happen when a new manager comes in, particularly as the last one was quite successful."

"Jim Goodwin is probably swithering whether to play or not from game to game and that can cause a slight problem in terms of team selection."

"When you look at their players, they are still a danger and we will need to be on our toes if we are going to beat them."

Team News - Ryan Strachan misses out through injury while goalkeeper Fraser Hobday serves a suspension after his dismissal in last season's competition playing for parent club Huntly.  Jamie Redman is expected to return to the squad.


By Glenn Moir