Club News

Assistant boss predicts minor squad changes

Thu 21 Dec 2017

Peterhead assistant manager Davie Nicholls envisages one or two tweaks to the squad for the second half of the season.

Mickael Ngango-Dikobo, who joined the Balmoor club in the summer, is poised to move on after failing to nail down a regular place in the team.

The Frenchman’s departure will create space to bring in at least one other defender as the second-top Blue Toon look to maintain their League 2 title tilt in 2018.

Nicholls said: “I think we will try and add.”

“We are still a bit short at the back and sometimes players pick up little niggles so we want to make sure we have good options.”

“After the debacle of the Stirling Albion game in August, when we did not really have a back four to field, the team has been quite settled.”

“But moving forward, with the games coming up and with the plastic pitches we have to play on, we would certainly look to add to the defensive part of the team, just to shore it up a bit.”

Back-to-back postponements, against Clyde and Berwick Rangers respectively, mean Peterhead have played the fewest games so far.

The cancellations came at exactly the wrong time, with the cold snap halting the Blue Toon’s hot streak.

Nicholls said: “The players in Aberdeen and in the west gear up for a Saturday and it was really unfortunate the way the Clyde game was called off.”

“The fans and people associated with the club did a terrific job in clearing the pitch on the Friday but more snow overnight meant the game could not go-ahead.”

“Not only that, our game at Berwick was postponed so we have these fixtures to play sometime in the New Year.”

“I think the gaffer has been on record in saying that we do have a squad capable of coping with these upcoming games, even midweek ones.”

“We just need to try and pick up where we left off.”

 

By Glenn Moir