Club News


Mon 20 Feb 2012

Blue Toon boss Jim McInally admits there's still room for improvement despite watching his side bounce back from the 6-1 midweek reverse against Elgin City with a 3-1 win over Montrose.

Goals from on-loan Dundee midfielder Graham Webster, Dave Ross and Martin Bavidge had the Blue Toon ahead before Martin Boyle pulled one back for the hosts, but McInally again saw his side start slowly.

He said "I think the wind died down at half-time but it was horrific at the start and we weathered a storm at the start for about 15-20 minutes, but I thought we weren't bad after that. We picked them off a wee bit and got in behind.

"We went one up but we're a hell of a team for missing a chance to go two up as we did Rory was one-on-one with the goalkeeper."

"We came out after half-time, got a couple of quick goals and seemed to think that was it," he continued. "Boys like Ross Smith and Graham Webster tired through a lack of football, and Montrose kept at it. All credit to them.

"I was never happy in the second half as far as thinking that the game was won, and it wasn't until the last ten minutes that I thought we might be safe."

McInally was happy, however, with the way his side bounced back from the Elgin defeat, adding "Coming back from a 6-1 defeat, it's a terrific result. It keeps up a decent wee run that we're on and pushes us up the table again. We've come a long way and it was important we got a result to kick us on again."

However the manager revealed a mix-up had led to the withdrawal of top scorer Rory McAllister before the interval.

He said "We need to work on our sign language. He was struggling with his ankle but was getting on with it and I asked if he was OK. He signalled and I thought he was finished but he thought I’d told him not to get his head down after missing the chance.

"When he came out the shower we were 3-0 up so we told him it was the best substitution we'd ever made!"

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