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Pressure off against Dumbarton, says Balmoor boss

Mon 22 Jan 2018

Jordon Brown rises to head in one of the goals in Peterhead’s impressive 3-0 win over Raith in round three Jordon Brown rises to head in one of the goals in Peterhead’s impressive 3-0 win over Raith in round three

The pressure is off Peterhead, claims manager Jim McInally, going into Tuesday’s rearranged Scottish Cup fourth round tie against Dumbarton.

The Blue Toon welcome the Championship team to Balmoor having won eight matches in a row in all competitions.

Their hot streak, which started with an excellent victory over Raith Rovers in round three, has put them in a favourable position in League 2, just a point behind leaders Montrose and with three games in hand.

Sealing a return to Scotland’s third tier is Peterhead’s chief target but in switching their focus to the cup, the Balmoor boss wants his players to go and enjoy coming up against a Sons side without a win in six outings.

McInally said: “With winning last time out against Stirling in the league, we have put ourselves in a position where we can just go for it in this tie.”

“We are in a strong position in the league and that is the priority but to win in this round of the cup would be massive for the club.”

“It would be fantastic if we could get there but Dumbarton have been in the Championship for a few years now.”

“They are a stubborn team and I hope there will be an onus on them to come and beat us.”

“That is something they are not used to because they probably accept that, apart from facing Brechin, they are underdogs in their matches.”

McInally continued: “It is an unusual tie to a certain extent.“

”Dumbarton are a part-time side but we know if we play well then we will give them a game.”

“I would say they are stronger than Raith Rovers, who we knocked out in the last round, but if we can replicate that performance then we could well beat them.”

A trip to Cappielow to face McInally’s former employers Morton next month is the prize for the winners.

The Blue Toon did, remarkably, once reach the quarter finals of the competition in 2001, when they were knocked out by Livingston, but they have never reached the last 16 during McInally’s six year tenure.

Whilst hopeful of progression, the manager is playing down his team’s chances of an extended run in the competition.

McInally added: “I don’t know what a proper cup run is for a club like Peterhead to be honest.”

“It is tough for teams at our level but we came through our second round tie comfortably against Colville Park and then to go and beat Raith 3-0 was a terrific result.”

“If we are able to get past Dumbarton, it would be the best run we have had in the cup during my time in charge so that is our target.”

 

By Glenn Moir