Brown out to end Blue Toon’s wait for vic­tory

● Mid­fielder calls on side to turn around their for­tunes

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - SPORT - BY DANNY LAW

Peter­head mid­fielder Scott Brown is des­per­ate to end the Blue Toon’s wait for a vic­tory when Raith Rovers visit Bal­moor this af­ter­noon.

Jim McI­nally’s side have not won since a 2-1 suc­cess at Stran­raer at the end of Au­gust and head into to­day’s en­counter on the back of four suc­ces­sive de­feats.

A sec­ond half strike from Ryan McGeever was enough to earn Dum­bar­ton a 1-0 win against Jim McI­nally’s men last week­end but Brown felt his side played well enough to take at least a point from the match.

It doesn’t get any eas­ier this week­end with the visit of League 1 lead­ers Raith Rovers, who de­feated the

Blue Toon 4-0 at Stark’s Park in Septem­ber.

Brown said: “We could put the run down to bad luck but I also think we haven’t kicked on as much as we would have liked af­ter pre-sea­son.

“It is hard when we haven’t been scor­ing enough goals to rely on the de­fend­ers to keep them out at the other end.

“Rory McAl­lis­ter is go­ing through a tough run, which is prob­a­bly the first time that has hap­pened in his ca­reer.

“It is up to ev­ery­one else to chip in as we can’t keep re­ly­ing on him to score the goals.

“I t h a s b e e n dis­ap­point­ing be­cause at the start of the sea­son we felt we were do­ing quite well.

“We felt the matches against Dum­bar­ton and Air­drie were games we should have won.

“Six points would make a mas­sive dif­fer­ence.

“It is up to us to pick up the form.

“We know we aren’t safe but we also know that a cou­ple of wins can pro­pel us right up the ta­ble.”

The Blue Toon won pro­mo­tion to the third tier as League 2 cham­pi­ons last term and Brown ad­mits there has been a no­tice­able in­crease in stan­dard.

He said: “It is a step up in qual­ity from League 2.

“We lost 4-0 against Falkirk (a fort­night ago) but I felt we didn’t do too badly that day.

“I said to one of the boys on Tues­day, last Satur­day’s game against Dum­bar­ton would have been one we would have won last sea­son when we were just churn­ing out wins.

“We just had a win­ning at­ti­tude.

“It is hard to ex­plain but when you aren’t win­ning it feels things just go against you.”

The Blue Toon were beaten 3-1 by Raith in the Bet­fred Cup in July be­fore

Septem­ber’s heavy de­feat in Kirk­caldy.

But Brown hopes home ad­van­tage will make the dif­fer­ence this time around.

He said: “We know Raith’s qual­i­ties.

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