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Blue Toon boss wants goals as title race heats up

Fri 15 Feb 2019

Simon Ferry could be in line for a return Simon Ferry could be in line for a return

Peterhead manager Jim McInally is calling for his key men to rediscover their best form ahead of Saturday’s League 2 visit of Queen’s Park.

A home win would see the Blue Toon move to within a point of top spot, with leaders Edinburgh City in Irn-Bru Cup semi-final action.

But to pick up a victory, Peterhead need to hit the goal trail again after two consecutive matches without finding the net.

McInally’s men had to settle for a goalless draw against title rivals City last weekend and prior to the Balmoor stalemate, they were beaten 3-0 at Annan.

McInally said: “I think we need our big players to get in amongst the goals and we certainly need to get the ball up to them more often and get crosses into the box.”

“At training the other night, we spent a bit of time addressing that and focusing on how we were going to play.”

“Queen’s Park went through a torrid time around a month ago and drastically changed their system but we know how they will play.”

“They are quite an attack-minded team, which should make for an open game, and if we can defend well enough, we can get back to winning ways.”

“But we need to get back to scoring goals again and we have enough fire-power. We just need to get the blend right.”

Testing overhead conditions made for a scrappy table-topping affair last Saturday and a point apiece was a fair outcome.

But the Peterhead manager felt his team could still have posed more of a threat going forward, particularly before half time.  

McInally said: “Last week, I thought we suffered through a lack of creativity rather than the conditions.”

“It is easy to talk about the wind but I thought we got into enough good positions, especially in the first half, where we should have done better.”

“A draw was the not the worst result and it keeps us right in there.”

“If you remember the other time Edinburgh were up here, that was also a very windy day and we lost 1-0 so at least we picked up a point this time.”

Peterhead have since found out their two games in hand against Cowdenbeath will be played on consecutive Tuesdays, with the first fixture at Balmoor on the 26th February.

Those matches will certainly have a bearing on where the Blue Toon end up but with Clyde also in title contention, McInally is predicting the race will go right to the wire.

McInally: “It is probably healthier that there are three teams involved this time, rather than just ourselves and Montrose last season.”

“Clyde and Edinburgh have still to play each other twice so something has got to give there but we need to look after our own games.”

“It is in our own hands so we need to just take it one game at a time and we have two midweek games coming up quickly.”

“Basically it will come down to which team finishes the best and we need to try and make sure it is us.”

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