Club News


Mon 02 Apr 2012

Rory McAllister netted his 18th goal of the season as the Blue Toon returned to winning ways with a victory over Queen's Park at Hampden.

Peterhead boss Jim McInally was pleased with the result, but is always looking for improvement from his side.

He said "I thought the first half we were pretty poor and Queen's dominated us without looking like scoring. We worked hard enough, but I said to them at half-time that to get a result here you need to get the ball forward quicker.

"Our front two were always going to be a threat and I thought the second half we were well worthy of winning the game, and it was a terrific goal to win it."

McInally had to cope with the loss of Paul Jarvie during the warm-up, but praised the performance of replacement Ray Jellema among others.

"Paul felt his pelvis tighten up during the warm-up," he continued. "The referee and Gardner (Speirs, Queen's Park manager) were good enough just to let us change. Jel came in and did fine, although he's not had much to do. That's testament to how we've defended as a team.

"There were a lot of good performances out there. Jamie Redman was fantastic. It's the first time I've played him wide of a four. He's got so much energy that you don't know how to burn it, and I thought he could burn it out there. He works like that every week."

 Rory McAllister

The manager admitted he has his disagreements with goal hero McAllister, but is delighted with the commitment of the former Caley Thistle and Brechin City striker to Peterhead.

"He'll probably tell you himself, I always tell him to put his foot through it, and then then he curls one in the top corner! He's capable of that, and his all-round play was better today. He was a handful, and his goal was top drawer.

"I spend all my time arguing with him, but I'm delighted for him because he gets a lot of criticism for coming here and he gets abuse every week about being a money-grabber. He's actually had the chance to leave us and wouldn't take it.

"A few weeks ago I gave him the chance to go on loan and he refused to go, and that showed a commitment to me that I was delighted with."

A full match report is now available.