Club News

Manager looks ahead to Queen's Park

Fri 27 Jan 2017

Ahead of the League 1 fixture with Queen's Park, Peterhead manager Jim McInally believes the increased competition for places will keep his players on their toes.

Grant Anderson and Allan Smith are in line to make their debuts tomorrow following their departures from Queen of the South and Forfar respectively.

Two others, Aaron Comrie and Michael McMullin, have already made their first Blue Toon starts since joining earlier this month.

The quartet have freshened up the squad and given the club a lift going into the second half of the season.

McInally said: "Adding new signings to the squad helps the other players and I even saw it in training this week."

"There is a freshness to everything, there is a high tempo and having extra competition for places is good."

"When you have got the likes of Grant Anderson coming from full time football and you see the condition he is in, it gives you a lift."

"If you add that to the quality we have already, it should make us a better team."

"The key for us is picking up our home form and if we can do that, I am sure we can look forward to a good second half of the season."

Queen's Park visit Balmoor off the back of a painful penalty shoot-out loss to Ayr in the Scottish Cup.

Tuesday's fourth round replay at Hampden finished 2-2 before Gus MacPherson's men were beaten 4-3 on spot-kicks.

McInally, an interested spectactor at the national stadium, added: "Queen's Park play with a lot of enthusiasm, which is fantastic to see."

"They are a really hard-working side and in playing back-to-back games against Ayr on Saturday and then Tuesday, they never let themselves down once."

"In the game I saw the other night, there was no difference between the teams so we will need to play well to beat them."

By Glenn Moir