Club News

We are fully aware of our position, states gaffer

Thu 09 Mar 2017

A lack of confidence is a key reason for Peterhead's poor run and predicament in League 1.

That's according to boss Jim McInally, who this week held clear the air talks with his players.

Hovering just above the bottom two relegation and play-off spots, the Blue Toon are about to enter a crucial final quarter of the season.

Without a victory in five games, their form is in stark contrast to last year when the Aberdeenshire side set a club record 19 game unbeaten streak.

The former Morton and East Stirling manager is eager to get a response from his team after defeat at basement outfit Stenhousemuir plunged them deep in trouble.

McInally said: "It is the same bunch of guys who, lets be honest, were re-writing the history books last season and you don't just become a bad team overnight."

"What has happened is that the players have lost their way and their confidence and they don't have the same arrogance when they go out on the pitch as last season."

"They used to turn up and know they could get a result, even if they were behind at half time."

"But everybody is fully aware of the position we are in. We have spoken about it at length and hopefully we will get a reaction."

Peterhead's hopes of getting back on track have been hindered by Rory McAllister's absence though.

The 29 year old will sit out Saturday's game against Brechin after a straight red card at Ochilview.

With the team two goals down early on, McAllister was sent off for the sixth time in his Blue Toon career for foul and abusive language towards referee David Munro.

His manager had no complaints with the dismissal, although the lack of consistency amongst officials has irked McInally.

McInally said: "I have not got any sympathy for Rory because of what he said."

"But what I would say is that prior to the red card, he was getting some rough treatment from the Stenhousemuir defenders, which went unpunished."

"The referee constantly ignored everything that was going on and just before he was sent off, he was elbowed in the face and again the referee chose to do nothing."

"Rory's frustrations got the better of him and that was compounded by the fact we had lost two goals against the run of play."

The Peterhead manager continued: "We know Rory's temperament is not great anyway and he said something he should not have, although I constantly hear players swearing at referees and no action is taken."

"This is not me sticking up for him."

"I am just putting it out there that he does get the rough end of decisions and season after season, his reputation goes before him."

By Glenn Moir