Club News


Tue 17 Dec 2013

Speaking after seeing his side held to a draw by Albion Rovers, Jim McInally admitted the wind and rain that had put the match under threat up until half an hour before kick-off led to a bizarre match.

The Blue Toon weathered the storm in the first half, but fell behind to a late Mark McGuigan goal, before Ryan McCann levelled matters direct from a corner in the final five minutes.

The Peterhead boss said "To go in after the game, you can't really speak about a game of football. It was pretty bizarre. The first time Albion go up the park, they scored a goal and you think it's one of those days.

"Ryan's corner has gone straight in, and I think the wind assisted it. At the end of the day, we could have lost it and have come away with a point.

"It's a game we should have won even just on pressure. I don't think they put us under the same kind of pressure although they maybe had a few more shots from distance.

"We could have got a wee break or two in the second half, or even just before half-time when Ryan hit the crossbar."

The ex-East Stirling boss conceded the weather was the most severe he's seen in his time at Balmoor, but has seen games played in similar conditions at other coastal grounds.

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"It's the worst I've encountered here," he continued. "I've come across it at Arbroath before, but it was just farcical. You get to half-time and think you won't lose. I thought they'd have attacked us more , but when they did get the attack and scored it was soul destroying."

A number of players were missing for the Blue Toon, including accident victim Dean Richardson and strikers Rory McAllister and Fraser McLaren, but he had praise for the players who came in, including goalscorer McCann and Dean Cowie, who played through illness.

"We've come away from a game with a lot players misisng and we probably still should have won the game, so we just move on.

"The pleasing thing is Ryan McCann has come in today and done OK. He's done himself no harm. Ryan Strachan was excellent. Dean Cowie was really ill and he put in a great shift considering he's had the flu all week. As usual he went out and gave it his lot."

"Our injuries aren't too bad and we'll hopefully get some of them back next week."

A full match report is now available, with highlights and manager interviews courtesy of Blue Toon TV.