Share and share alike the mantra at Bal­moor

McI­nally urges whole squad to keep chip­ping in with goals

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen) - - SPORT -

Peter­head man­ager Jim McI­nally wants his play­ers to con­tinue to share the col­lec­tive bur­den of get­ting the Blue Toon goals this sea­son.

The Buchan men have scored seven goals with­out re­ply in their last two matches, a 4-0 win at Cow­den­beath fol­lowed by a 3-0 vic­tory at Ed­in­burgh City last week­end.

Those seven goals have been scored by five dif­fer­ent play­ers and none has come from Rory McAllister.

McI­nally knows the im­por­tance of the club’s lead­ing scorer of past sea­sons but is pleased to see the team not re­liant on one player.

He said: “It is good that more play­ers are chip­ping in with goals.

“Rory has been play­ing well, de­spite not be­ing 100% fit, and I’ve seen a change in his game.

“He is bring­ing team­mates into play more of­ten, mak­ing chances for them and cre­at­ing space with his move­ment.

“It au­gurs well for us be­cause we have spread the goals around since we started the sea­son in July and we have still man­aged to find the net even when Rory has not played.

“Once Rory gets go­ing we will be even bet­ter be­cause we all know what he is like once he gets on a run.

“He played 90 min­utes last Satur­day and had two good ses­sions this week so things are look­ing good for Rory and for us.”

The two vic­to­ries have moved the Blue Toon up to sec­ond place in League 2 and McI­nally wants to see the con­fi­dence on dis­play when his side wel­comes Ber­wick Rangers to Bal­moor to­day.

He said: “The play­ers are feel­ing good about them­selves and the con­fi­dence is there.

“As I keep harp­ing on to them, if you take away the cou­ple of de­feats which came last month, it has been a ter­rific start.

“We have won a lot of games from the three dif­fer­ent com­pe­ti­tions and win­ning 4-0 and 3-0 is only good for the play­ers’ be­lief.

“We have done it with play­ers miss­ing and now that in­juries are be­gin­ning to clear up, hope­fully we can keep the mo­men­tum go­ing.

“We need to make sure we ap­ply the pres­sure on Stir­ling Al­bion at the top of the ta­ble.”

The Blue Toon will be with­out in­jured quar­tet Nicky Ri­ley, Paul Cair­ney, Jor­don Brown and Marc Lawrence. Dele Alli has been banned for one in­ter­na­tional match for mak­ing an of­fen­sive ges­ture dur­ing Eng­land’s World Cup qual­i­fy­ing match against Slo­vakia at Wem­b­ley last month.

Alli has also been fined £3,800 fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent, al­though Fifa’s dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee said it ac­cepted the ges­ture had not been aimed at the ref­eree.

Alli is set to miss Thurs­day’s game against Slove­nia at Wem­b­ley as Eng­land look to seal their place at next sum­mer’s World Cup but could re­turn for the fi­nal group game in Lithua­nia on Sun­day. Liver­pool for­ward Sa­dio Mane is set to start at Newcastle to­mor­row af­ter re­turn­ing from a do­mes­tic sus­pen­sion.

Mid­fielder Ge­orginio Wi­j­nal­dum could face his for­mer club at the ex­pense of Emre Can af­ter an in­dif­fer­ent per­for­mance in the Cham­pi­ons League in mid­week. Eden Haz­ard is ex­pected to start in the Premier League for the first time this sea­son to­day when Chelsea host Manchester City.

De­fender David Luiz com­pletes his three-match do­mes­tic sus­pen­sion for his dis­missal against Arsenal, with An­dreas Chris­tensen poised to deputise.

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