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This will go right to the wire, claims boss

Thu 16 Feb 2017

Expect the promotion and relegation battles in League 1 to go right to the wire.

That's the view of Peterhead boss Jim McInally as teams jostle for places in a tightly-bunched table.

Not much separates the sides at both ends, although leaders Livingston have managed to steal a march on the rest.

For the Blue Toon and a clutch of other clubs, a promotion play-off spot remains as likely as the relegation equivalent.

McInally, the division's manager of the month for January, said: "If you look at the fixture list every week and the congestion in the table, it looks as if nothing will be decided until the end."

"That is unless teams go on really good runs because it is cut throat everywhere you look and that is where the consistency comes in."

"If you can show some level of consistency, you will continue to lift yourself up and I think that is important."

The bottom three, including Peterhead, have the fewest fixtures remaining so their margin for error is thinnest.

This weekend, McInally takes his team to Stranraer, who are showing signs of improvement under new boss Stevie Farrell.

The Stair Park men have clambered off bottom spot on goal difference, above Stenhousemuir, and trail the Blue Toon by four points.

McInally continued: "Every game is vital and if we could get a result on Saturday, we would be showing a decent level of consistency because we picked up nine points last month."

"Although I was disappointed with last week, it was still a draw against a decent Albion Rovers side."

"There is.a third of the season left and we need to make sure we pick up as many points as we can."

"I think the standard in this league is decent but somebody has got to go. We need to make sure it is not us."

By Glenn Moir