Peterhead player/ coach Simon Ferry does not agree with Balmoor manager Jim McInally’s view that pre-season games are all about fitness and systems as he still has the desire to win every time he steps onto the pitch.
The former Celtic, Swindon, Portsmouth and Dundee midfielder has told his Blue Toon team-mates that after losing to Dundee, Fraserburgh and Formartine that only a win this afternoon against Inverurie Locos is good enough.
Ferry explained: “I want to win games including pre-season ones. I can understand how the manager looks at them but I want to win. Our pre-season has been strange as against Dundee in our first game we played really well in a 1-0 defeat but against the Highland League sides we failed to handle the switch to playing against teams that go about things differently.”
“Against Dundee we were given time on the ball and we have players that enjoy that whereas we were not given that in the following two games. The ball was getting played behind our defence quickly and we need to get better at handling that.”
“The Inverurie game gives us a chance to show improvement. In League 1 last season we always did well when it was football versus football but we were not as good when it became a bit of a battle and the ball comes back at us quickly.”
“The league is going to be a mix of both approaches this season so we need to be ready. Winning at Inverurie will help us do that.”