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Games against Berwick always tough, warns Blue Toon boss

Fri 07 Dec 2018

McInally believes games against Berwick cost his team last season McInally believes games against Berwick cost his team last season

Saturday’s opponents are second bottom but Peterhead manager Jim McInally has stressed Berwick Rangers are better than their lowly League 2 position suggests.

The Blue Toon make the trip to Shielfield Park in second spot, just two points adrift of table-toppers Edinburgh, who they face in midweek.

When the teams last met in September, Peterhead won 1-0 but since then Berwick have changed their manager with Johnny Harvey replacing Robbie Horn.

McInally said: “Berwick are a team with a new manager and they are on a good run.”

“They scored three goals away to Clyde last week so we need to make sure that we defend well and regardless of who is in charge there, Berwick have always been a tough team for us.”

“Last season, we found it difficult against them especially at Balmoor and ultimately not beating them in either match at home cost us the league.”

“They are always hard games and Saturday will be no different."

“We have a big week ahead of us and we need to deal with it one game at a time.”

In recent games, McInally has chosen to rotate his forwards with Rory McAllister, Derek Lyle and Russell McLean vying for two positions.

The strategy, aimed at keeping players fresh and on their toes, has worked well and McInally plans to continue shuffling his pack.

The Balmoor boss said: “It will be much of the same this week with the rotation.”

“Derek played in the Scottish Cup tie away to Morton on the Saturday and then he said afterwards that he thought the Tuesday replay would come too quickly for him.”

“He knows his body well and it means I can decide which games I think would be best for him.”

“We have also got the rotation elsewhere, apart from the strikers, because we are really well off for players.”

“That does not mean we are taking one game easier than another game. I just feel if we are fortunate enough to have everybody fit and well, I think we have got to do it.”