Club News

Peterhead boss urges team to keep fighting

Fri 14 Apr 2017

Peterhead manager Jim McInally says his players must keep battling and believing to get the morale-boosting League 1 win they urgently need.

The Blue Toon face East Fife in Methil tomorrow, seeking a victory to ease their relegation fears.

A wretched run of 10 matches without a win has seen the Balmoor club slide down the table to ninth, just two points ahead of basement side Stenhousemuir.

Looking ahead to the trip to Bayview Stadium, McInally said: "I can see the players' disappointment and how down they are but the only thing I can really do is just keep encouraging them to give their lot."

"At this stage of the season, we probably need to change a wee bit."

"I was speaking to Barry Smith, the East Fife manager, recently and he was telling me their pitch is not great because they are getting a 4G pitch next season so they have almost stopped maintaining their current surface."

"Knowing that, we have got to think about playing a bit more direct and try to get on second balls, rather than play our way up the pitch."

"My part comes from advising the players and setting up the team to, hopefully, be strong and also to keep reminding them that they will get a break if they do the right things."

Peterhead will come up against determined opponents, who need the points as much as they do.

The Fifers are chasing down a top four berth to seal a promotion play-off spot but their challenge has faded slightly after five games without victory.

McInally continued: "Obviously we would much rather be in East Fife's position fighting for the promotion play-offs, rather than battling against relegation."

"The one consolation for me is that they are on a poorer run than us, as far as losing games go, and hopefully we can use that to our advantage and get the win we badly need."

Team news - Craig Reid could return after a hamstring problem but the injured Liam Gordon is still unavailable.

By Glenn Moir