Club News

Improvement sought against Forfar after Dumbarton defeat

Fri 23 Aug 2019

Peterhead manager Jim McInally is seeking an improvement from his team when Forfar visit Balmoor in League 1.

The Blue Toon suffered a disappointing defeat to Dumbarton last weekend after racing into a 2-0 lead.

Defensive lapses ultimately cost McInally’s men, who conceded the equalising and decisive goals via set-pieces.

The Balmoor boss wants a response against a Forfar side, who have started the new campaign well, carrying on their form from last season when they finished only behind champions Arbroath.

McInally said: “Forfar are a side that have been playing well for a long time in this league.”

“They finished second last year above Raith Rovers, which was a brilliant feat, and I think their aim this season again is to be in the play-offs and try and get promoted.”

“They have strengthened their squad in the summer and qualified from their Betfred Cup group, beating St Johnstone along the way.”

“They were really unlucky against Livingston in the last 16 last week so we know we are in for a tough day.”

McInally added: “We saw from last week’s game against Dumbarton that most teams have three or four players, who can really hurt you and that is where we need to tighten up.”

“For as dominant as we were for the first half hour, when things were not going as well in the second half, I thought we needed to do better without the ball and close down space.”

“There is no room for error this week and we have done a bit of work in training to try and defend set-pieces better, especially because Forfar have a dead-ball expert in Ross Forbes.”