The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)

Blue Toon play­ers winners even if they lose out in race

Peterhead: Man­ager praises his men as they chase vic­tory to keep alive dream

- BY DANNY LAW

Peterhead man­ager Jim McI­nally be­lieves the ef­forts of his play­ers can­not be faulted – even if they fall short of winning the League 2 title on ‘He­li­copter Satur­day’.

The Blue Toon are three points be­hind lead­ers Mon­trose go­ing into the fi­nal weekend of the sea­son with McI­nally’s play­ers know­ing noth­ing less than a vic­tory against Ed­in­burgh City at Bal­moor will give them a chance of claim­ing the title.

Mon­trose, who have a vastly in­fe­rior goal dif­fer­ence to Peterhead, need only a point from their end-of-sea­son meet­ing with El­gin City at Links Park.

With the title des­ti­na­tion un­de­cided, the SPFL has char­tered a he­li­copter to take the League 2 tro­phy to the winning des­ti­na­tion, with the Blue Toon hop­ing it is fly­ing to­wards Bal­moor come full time to­mor­row.

It could be a mem­o­rable day at Bal­moor but McI­nally will be proud of his play­ers – even if they miss out on the title.

“If we were to win on Satur­day we would equal our best points tally,” he said.

“It would be the same amount as when we won the league four years ago.

“I would have found it hard to be­lieve if you had told me at the start of the sea­son that we would reach 76 points and not win the league.

“The play­ers have done well but we will look back on cer­tain games when we gave away stupid points.

“Mon­trose will feel the same. We have won 23 league games this sea­son – Celtic have only won 22.

“The play­ers have been fan­tas­tic. I think they have won 31 games out of 45 this sea­son and that is good go­ing.”

The Blue Toon are

“If we win we would equal our best points tally”

with­out striker Rus­sell McLean for this weekend’s match due to sus­pen­sion, while left-back Ai­dan McIl­duff is a doubt with an Achilles ten­don in­jury.

McI­nally says it is es­sen­tial his play­ers try to block out events else­where and put their full fo­cus on de­feat­ing an Ed­in­burgh City side with­out a vic­tory in nine matches.

He added: “First and fore­most, we are giv­ing Ed­in­burgh City full re­spect.

“We know we have got a job to do. We have got to beat them and we don’t see that as be­ing an easy thing to do.”

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