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Fringe players needed to do more to stake claim

Tue 13 Aug 2019

Peterhead manager Jim McInally was frustrated his fringe men did not make the most of their opportunity in the Tunnock’s Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup defeat to Formartine.

After a goalless 90 minutes, the Blue Toon lost the penalty shoot-out 7-6 with visiting goalkeeper Kevin Main keeping out Cammy Eadie’s effort after he had earlier stopped Gary Fraser’s spot-kick.

McInally freshened up his team to give game-time to players in need of a run-out but the starters struggled to make an impression.

McInally said: “I have told the players it is fine coming on at the weekend but when they get their opportunity, they really need to take it.”

“That is why the older ones, who were not playing, have had good careers because they churn it out all the time so hopefully lessons have been learned.”

“We asked them to go and win against a good Highland League side and they came up a bit short.”

It turned out to be a costly evening for Peterhead with Jamie Stevenson tweaking a hamstring.

Scott Hooper suffered a recurrence of his ankle problem while Rory McAllister picked a similar injury and McInally admitted those knocks did not help his team’s hopes of progressing.

The Blue Toon boss added: “Sometimes when you have younger players, they need a good helping hand from the experienced ones.”

“Our experience in the back four was Jamie Stevenson, who was doing fine until he had to come off.”

“The two centre-halves in Jason Brown and Cammy Eadie are still young and Scott Hooper is relatively young as well.”

“We had Gary Fraser in midfield and Rory McAllister up front but those two are still chasing match fitness so we did not really have the players to help them through it.”

“But they are not babies, although it was not just their fault.  We just wanted them to kick on and cause a problem for me picking a team for the next game.”

“It just makes team selection easier again because we wanted them to stake a claim and they never really did that.”