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Raith Rovers v Peterhead - Saturday, January 4 - Jim McInally - "We simply have to start well."

Fri 03 Jan 2020

Peterhead manager Jim McInally has told his players that they must begin their game against Raith Rovers at Stark's Park on Saturday properly to have any chance of taking something home on the team bus to Balmoor.

The Blue Toon have been to the Fife ground three times this season with games in the Betfred Cup, League 1 and Scottish Cup, and in each occasion they have fallen behind early to leave Jim saying: "Our performances have improved in every game however we have given ourselves a mountain to climb in every one by losing an early goal. On our last visit we recovered well and dominated the rest of the game but we could not find an equaliser and were out of the Scottish Cup as a result."

"In this one we simply have to be as tight as we can be for as long as we can be. The longer we are in the game the better our chances of getting something from it will be. Raith are top of the league and scored five times last weekend at East Fife so they will be full of confidence. That win and their league position, as well as our record there this season, makes us huge underdogs to beat them but we will give it a go and if we can work ourselves into the game as opposed to chasing it then we have a chance."

Jim added: "We secured a great result last weekend when we defeated Clyde 2-0. There was lots to be positive about in that game as it was a great squad effort. Ben Armour and Derek Lyle came in to the starting line-up and combined for the first goal. Rory McAllister came off the bench and showed an unselfish side to his game by slipping Scott Brown in to score his fourth goal in four games. We will go to Raith with confidence and look to grow that confidence by keeping a clean sheet."

Simon Ferry misses out as he is beginning his four match ban with Gary Fraser also on the side-lines due to a rib injury. Better news is the availability of Jack Leitch and Ryan Conroy who missed out against Clyde due to illness with Jim adding: "The club is disappointed that Simon's ban was not lifted on appeal. He has had a long career and never been anything other than an honest player and we will leave things at that for just now. Gary has been sore for the past few days and will miss out so it is good that we have Jack and Ryan back available."