Club News

Players deserve success for two-year consistency, states boss

Thu 25 Apr 2019

Peterhead manager Jim McInally has hailed his team’s consistency as the Blue Toon seek one more win to be crowned League 2 champions. 

The Balmoor club will claim their second trophy since joining the SPFL in 2000 if they defeat Stirling Albion on Saturday.

McInally guided his side to silverware in 2014 when they held off Annan to win the bottom tier.

The Buchan team, who have a four point buffer on Clyde, will repeat the trick with a victory over the Binos.

That would go some way to making up for the disappointment of last year when Montrose pipped Peterhead to the title and McInally’s troops ultimately came up short in the play-offs.

McInally said:  “The last time we won the league, I think we wrapped it up three or four games from the end of the season.”

“69 points got us over the line and we went on to add another six or seven points to that in the last few weeks but we actually have more points now and we have won nothing yet.”

“That is why I am so desperate to win the title for these players because for two seasons now they have accumulated 151 points with two games left.”

“Regardless of what anyone says about bottling play-offs or whatever, they have shown an amazing consistency.”

“Over the two campaigns, we have won 46 games and we have had to go to great lengths to try and win this league.” 

“That is credit to Clyde and Edinburgh so this has been tougher than when we last won the league and it would be fantastic if we could do it on Saturday.”

The Balmoor boss senses his players are ready to seize the opportunity against the Binos.

Clinching the title in front of the home fans would be the perfect scenario but if it does not go to plan, Peterhead will get a second opportunity, away to Queen’s Park the following weekend.

McInally continued: “This is not the last chance saloon for us so that takes the pressure off a little bit.”

“It allows the players to play with some sort of freedom knowing that they will get another go at it next Saturday.”

“I think that is a positive and even watching the players at training last night, I had to stop the session slightly earlier because the intensity was there to be seen.”

“The players always train well but last night was really pleasing because they played and ran at a good tempo.”

While the big prize could end up in the north east, the individual honour will go elsewhere as Peterhead are not represented in the PFA League 2 Player of the Year Awards list. 

Clyde pair David Goodwillie and John Rankin, Edinburgh goal-machine Blair Henderson and Annan winger Chris Johnston, who had a short spell at Balmoor last year,  are the four candidates. 

McInally said: “I don’t know what the talk is in other dressing rooms but I just feel as though Scott Brown should be on the list.”

“He has been fantastic and I think he will have many offers at the end of the season.”

“I am disappointed that Scott is not in the reckoning but really my only thoughts are the best thing he can get is a league winners medal.”