Club News

REACTION: PETERHEAD 3 ANNAN 1

Thu 06 Mar 2014

Manager Jim McInally was delighted to see his side extend their lead over Annan Athletic at the top of League Two to eight points, but knows there is still much to do if his side are to claim what would be a first league title since joining the national league structure.

McInally watched his side take an early lead thanks to Ryan Strachan's strike, with further goals from Rory McAllister and Steven Noble sealing victory for the home side, although Scott Ross' unfortunate own goal dulled the shine just a little.

Afterwards, the manager could not disguise his pleasure at the result, saying "It was really good. We played with some intensity from the start of the game. I warned the players set-pieces could be dangerous, and everything Annan created came from set-pieces so it was proved correct.

Jim [Chapman] said to me after the match that we bullied them, and I thought we were different class. We played at a real high tempo and dominated from start to finish."

Strachan and McAllister had the Blue Toon well on their way before Ross put through his own goal shortly before half-time.

Rory McAllister lobs Kenny Arthur

Team captain Noble was denied a penalty just moments before scoring the third goal, and McInally praised his perseverance, adding "I've never been so glad to get a third goal - I've never seen justice like that in my life. It should have been a straight red card and a penalty kick - our left-back doesn't go about diving. It was great to see him get the goal."

He conceded, though, that the match still wasn't over at 3-1, admitting "I'd have liked to get another to make it more comfortable. Annan have got loads of spirit. I watched them last week winning a game with ten men, coming from behind. I knew they would keep at it, and they're a dangerous side. It's a terrific victory."

With just a quarter of the season remaining and eight points separating Peterhead and Annan, the manager knows talk is turning toward clinching the title. however he sounded a note of caution.

"We've still to go to Annan in two or three weeks, and they'll just keep winning games. When we were ten pionts clear, everybody said it was finished, but it came down to five, and Annan always had a game in hand.

"We're in a better place now as far as points go. We know what we need to do and how many games we have to win. If the players keep playing like that, and we stay clear of injury and suspension, it's looking good for us."

More immediately, Peterhead travel west to face Elgin City on Saturday and McInally is preparing his side for a tough shift.

"There's no point winning tonight then going to Elgin and tripping up," he concluded. "They will be out to turn us over, and we'll prepare the players for that."

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