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Peterhead targeting repeat Airdrie win

Fri 03 Feb 2017

Nicky Riley could return to the squad after illness Nicky Riley could return to the squad after illness

Peterhead manager Jim McInally has challenged his team to win at Airdrie for the second time this season and stay firmly in the mix for the play-offs.

The Blue Toon remain eighth in League 1, despite back-to-back victories, but are hot on the heels of the teams above them.

Just six points separate seven sides in a congested table and McInally reckons all of their remaining fixtures are vital in the quest for a top four slot.

The Blue Toon boss said: "Every game from now on in is a big game in its own way, especially at this stage of the season."

"With the league tightening up the way it has done, and when you see the other fixtures, there is ground to be made up on all of the teams."

"We go into this fixture on Saturday knowing if we can win it, we are going to climb the table and move closer to the teams above us."

McInally continued: "Airdrie are five points above us and a point off second place so it would be fantasitc to go and pick up three points and having already done that this season, it does help when you have been there before and won."

Winger Grant Anderson, who scored a debut goal in last week's demolition of Queen's Park, added: "Airdrie are up there challenging and have gone full-time for a reason."

"They want to progress to the Championship so it is going to be a tough game, away from home."

"We are going to have to best at our best to hopefully  get the win.. That is what we are looking for."

Scott Ross and Leighton McIntosh, free from suspension, are added to the squad but Nicky Riley is doubtful due to illness. Liam Gordon is not yet ready to feature.

By Glenn Moir