Play­ers showed they’re made of the right stuff

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - THE SCORE -

Peter­head con­tin­ued their pur­suit of League 2 lead­ers Ed­in­burgh City with a win that was more about graft rather than craft.

The hosts had the bet­ter of the first half with­out cre­at­ing se­ri­ous dan­ger with the Blue Toon’s big­gest con­cern be­ing the back in­jury that saw Rory McAl­lis­ter come off to be re­placed by Wil­lie Gib­son.

Some straight talk­ing from man­ager Jim McI­nally at half­time gal­vanised the Bal­moor boys with goals from Ryan Dow and sub­sti­tute Rus­sell McLean earn­ing the points.

McI­nally said: “I said at the break that we had been poor, and that Al­bion Rovers’ en­thu­si­asm was bet­ter than ours. Nei­ther goal­keeper had been trou­bled, the pitch was life­less, and the wind was a fac­tor, but we were still not do­ing the ba­sics prop­erly.

“I said that if we want to win a league then we have to win games like this and to be fair we were bet­ter in the se­cond half. We had some big per­for­mances in that se­cond half from the likes of Mick Dun­lop, Si­mon Ferry and Ryan Dow as well as oth­ers.”

Af­ter los­ing to Clyde last week­end the win in Coat­bridge was ex­tra sat­is­fy­ing with McI­nally say­ing: “We have only lost three games, but we have bounced back af­ter those de­feats. It was im­por­tant to do that to­day as Al­bion Rovers are im­prov­ing and their fans were right be­hind them.

“We were nice and pro­fes­sional in the se­cond half on a pitch that Pep Guardi­ola would strug­gle to get a team to play foot­ball on.”

The re­sult keeps Peter­head three points adrift of League 2 lead­ers Ed­in­burgh City, who thumped Queen’s Park 4-0.

McI­nally added: “The play­ers went into the se­cond half know­ing Ed­in­burgh City and Clyde were win­ning. We had lost Rory by that time to a back in­jury and Jamie was strug­gling as well so it says a lot for the squad.”

“We were nice and pro­fes­sional in the se­cond half”

Jim McI­nally: Found pitch dif­fi­cult

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