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Team spirit and ability pleases Blue Toon boss

Thu 08 Nov 2018

McInally’s men have been on fire in recent weeks McInally’s men have been on fire in recent weeks

Peterhead boss Jim McInally believes the competition for places is keeping his in-form players are on their toes.

The new League 2 leaders have chalked up seven straight wins, scoring 19 goals along the way.

The Blue Toon’s most recent victory came against strugglers Albion Rovers last weekend, Derek Lyle netting twice early on before Barry Eley pulled one back in the second half.

McInally said: “Our strikers have been in amongst the goals and last Saturday I thought some our play was really pleasing on the eye.”

“There were one or two moves which were befitting of another league in my opinion and I must also mention the spirit of the players.”

“They are a good, close bunch and I think that is the biggest thing that can take you where you want to go.”

“There are players, who really think they should be playing every week, yet they are sitting on the bench but out of the respect they have for one another, they have just got to get on with it.”

Peterhead visit Hampden on Saturday to take on a resurgent Queen’s Park, who have started impressively under new Head Coach Mark Roberts.

Gus MacPherson was in charge of the Spiders when the teams played out a 1-1 draw at Balmoor on the opening day of the season.

McInally said: “I know we are on a good run but you just need to look at Queen’s Park’s results to see that we are in for a tough match.”

“Since Mark has come in , they have won four games on the bounce and then they drew last week.”

“We drew with them at our place and I think a draw was about right that day so it is going to be a test.”

“We just need to keep replicating recent performances and the bit of resilience that we have been showing.”

Paddy Boyle is back in training after an ankle problem, which ruled him out of the Albion win just minutes before kick-off.

The former Airdrie defender suffered the injury in the warm-up and that meant Willie Gibson, who was earmarked for his accustomed midfield role, deputised.

McInally added: “Paddy trained hard last night, doing a lot of running but I will wait until Saturday to see how he is.”

“We have a free weekend coming up so there is no point in taking any chances because we enough quality and I have faith that Willie can go in and play left back again if needed.”

“Mick Dunlop is still suspended for Saturday but apart from that everybody is well and everybody is fit so long may that continue.”