Peterhead manager Jim McInally refused to get drawn into the fallout after tonight’s opponents East Fife had their game at Clyde postponed on Tuesday night after a Bully Wee player tested positive for Covid 19.
A points punishment for the Fifers could be given out by the SPFL today and, whilst that would give the Blue Toon a better chance of finishing higher up the table, Jim is well aware that it could also give Darren Young’s side a strong sense of purpose.
The Balmoor boss said: “There has been all sorts of talk about penalties since the Clyde and East Fife game was not played. We could also moan about the situation as I thought that we would have a small advantage going to East Fife in what we be their third game in 5 days, whilst we had Tuesday off, however that has gone now but we will not get involved.”
“You can add in people’s views on points per game possibly being used and even going back to the way the table the way it was when everyone played 18 games so it is a complicated situation. I will leave that with the authorities to deal with it but, of course, by the time kick-off comes we could be facing a really angry and motivated side.”
Jim added: “We had a terrific win over Falkirk before the split and a terrific win over Clyde after the split and that means we are in good place whatever happens and we cannot let other issues affect that.”
“We have still got to pick up a point in the 3 games we have left to ensure we are safe and we will look to do that as soon as possible.
“We played down at East Fife a week past Saturday and we lost 2-1. We actually played well and had taken the lead however we gave away too many free-kicks and corners and that allowed them back into the game.”
“They are a side who are very good from set pieces so hopefully we have learned our lesson. We have three games left so it is not an all or nothing game for us but I will send out a side I believe can get the job done. However, I am mindful that we have two more games coming up in quick succession so I will not be taking a risk with anyone.”
Jason Brown is absent after being dismissed when Clyde were seen off at the weekend with Ryan Conroy and Gary Fraser remaining out injured. Alan Cook did some light training this week however it is unlikely he will be involved against the Fifers.
You can watch the game here – https://eftv.info/