Club News

Airdrie on form but we are also in good shape, states McInally

Fri 02 Dec 2016

Five straight wins have propelled Saturday's opponents Airdrie to second in League 1, just one point off top spot.

Along with Celtic, the Diamonds are Scotland's form team and appear to be making great strides under new Head Coach Mark Wilson.

However, Peterhead are on a fine run themselves after collecting 13 points from the last 18 available.

The Balmoor team will aim to do the double over Airdrie after coming out on top in the match in North Lanarkshire in October.

Blue Toon boss Jim McInally said: "Airdrie are on a good run but, by the same token, our league form is four wins out of six."

"We played well when we beat them down there, which was their last league defeat, so we go into the game knowing we are capable of getting the better of them."

Although the two teams have clicked into gear in the league, both Peterhead and Airdrie were dumped out of the Scottish Cup last weekend.

Wilson's side let slip a lead to lose at home to Livingston, while McInally's men were frustrated in front of goal as Alloa registered a slender victory.

Despite exiting the competition at an early stage for the third year in a row, the Peterhead manager was heartened with the performance of his players against the Wasps.

McInally said: "It is important we don't forget that we played well in spells last week."

"I was angry after the match but sometimes you lose sight of what actually happened during the 90 minutes and apart from the fact we missed some big chances, we played okay."

"We dominated a team like Alloa for long periods so there was a lot of pleasing stuff and the week before we beat Livingston at their place."

"All in all, there is not too much wrong. We just need a bit more joy in front of goal."

Rory McAllister serves a one match while the injured Ryan Strachan remains sidelined. Jamie Stevenson and Scott Ross are doubtful but both are expected to be involved.

By Glenn Moir