Club News

Forget the performance, it's all about the points

Fri 09 Dec 2016

McAllister will return to the starting line-up after serving a suspension against Airdrie last week McAllister will return to the starting line-up after serving a suspension against Airdrie last week

Peterhead manager Jim McInally will gladly accept any kind of win against Alloa in League 1 tomorrow - as long as his team comes out on top.

The two clubs square up for the second time in a fortnight, with the Blue Toon determined to end their poor home form.

It's all about the points and not the performance, according to the Balmoor boss, whose side have slipped to seventh in the table.

McInally said: "Really, most people, who come and watch us, don't care how we play."

"They just want to see their team win or certainly not lose, especially at home."

"For a team that has done so well at Balmoor over the last few seasons, it has been our home displays, which have really let us down so far."

"I know the performances have been decent but we just need to get back to worrying about results and getting back to the basics."

"We have seen plenty of the ball, especially in the home games, but too often, we have been getting caught on the counter attack."

"There has been a naivety about us when it comes to defending those situations."

Lending a helping hand to the Peterhead cause this weekend will be the returning Rory McAllister, who is back after a one match ban.

However, an ongoing groin problem will keep out Jamie Stevenson while Ryan Strachan is still missing with a knee injury.

Alloa must do without their suspended player-boss Jim Goodwin, who was effective in the Wasps recent Scottish Cup win in the north east.

McInally said: "We miss Rory badly when he is not there."

"Last week, we got two penalties and he probably would have scored both of them had he been on the pitch and the game could have gone another way."

"He gives the opposition a boost when he is not playing so we will happily welcome him back."

"Alloa are missing Jim Goodwin, which is a loss to them because his experience showed in the latter stages a couple of weeks ago."

By Glenn Moir