Club News

We are good to go, states Blue Toon boss

Thu 02 Aug 2018

Although the Betfred Cup did not go as planned for Peterhead, manager Jim McInally insists his men are prepared for the new League 2 season.

The Blue Toon kick off against newly demoted Queen’s Park at Balmoor on Saturday.

The Aberdeenshire team failed to score in any of their four group games in the cup against Brechin, Dunfermline, Stirling Albion and Dundee respectively.

Getting out of the SPFL’s lowest tier is Peterhead’s priority, however, and McInally is confident his side can get off to a positive start.

McInally said: “The players, who are fit, are ready.”

“When you look back at the group stage, the biggest disappointment was the Stirling Albion game and not scoring.”

“But I feel as though the Dundee game last week was a fine way to finish the group because we had to show discipline and an organisation, which will stand us in good stead going forward.”

“We also had to work exceptionally hard, which you cannot really train, so I was delighted with that 90 minutes and we will now be back to playing at our own level really.”

“I know we failed to find the net against Stirling but we did create quite a few chances and I am pretty sure it is only a matter of time before we click in that department.”

“Derek Lyle is now fit to start and I have been really pleased with Rory McAllister’s training this week so we should be good to go now.”

Peterhead just missed out on the title last season, Montrose pipping the Balmoor men by one point.

To get in the shake-up again, they will likely have to finish ahead of Stirling, Clyde and Queen’s Park.

But McInally is predicting a wide-open division, which could throw up some surprises.

The Blue Toon boss added: “I think Edinburgh City are another team that have really strengthened over the summer.”

“They took Allan Smith off us and they have signed Conrad Balatoni, who has been about and played at a good level.”

“Danny Handling, who was at Dumbarton, has joined as well and Edinburgh actually had a decent Betfred Cup.”

“Alongside Clyde, Stirling and Queen’s Park, they will certainly put up a challenge.”