Club News


Wed 04 Apr 2012

Peterhead boss Jim McInally found the midweek friendly defeat by Aberdeen a useful exercise despite goals from Mo Chalali and Danny Uchechi settling the game in the visitors' favour.

McInally said "It was a good workout. We stayed in the game, but it was a bit harsh to play 48 minutes in the second half and let the second goal go in!

"We didn't threaten the goals, but we worked hard and kept our shape. We have to make a couple of changes for Saturday with Russell Duncan's loan being up, and Graeme Sharp is away for two weeks to a wedding in Australia.

"Some of the boys played their way into my thinking so it was good as far as that goes."

The game was the second friendly between the sides in recent weeks and although the Dons fielded a slightly weaker side than in the first game, McInally still feels the benefits of such matches are there for all to see.

Lewis Davidson challenges Michael Paton

He added "I'm sure the boys realise there's less room for errors because these boys are nice and sharp, and you don't get away with so much. If you keep giving the ball away they'll punish you.

"Stephen Hughes and players like that are good boys for the likes of Ryan Strachan and Jamie Redman to play against."

Neither goalkeeper was really tested in the first half but Chalali showed good instinct to put his side in front, pouncing to fire past Neil Duffy after Mitch Megginson's shot had been blocked.

Megginson hit the bar just before the hour, but Uchechi put some distance between the sides when he threw himself at Chalali's injury time cross to head home the second goal.

PETERHEAD: Jellema (Duffy, 46), Donald (Robertson, 66), McBain, Tully, S. Ross, Smith, Webster, Strachan (Redman, 46), McAllister (Bavidge, 56), Davidson, Wyness. Subs not used: Macdonald, Deasley.