East Fife v Peterhead Preview – ‘Remember what we do well’

Aug 28, 2021

Peterhead head to East Fife this afternoon with manager Jim McInally asking his players to remember how good they are.

The Blue Toon won their opening League 1 game against Alloa however they head to Methil on the end of a 3-2 defeat from Airdrie which followed a 1-0 loss at Montrose.

A SPFL Trust Trophy win over Dundee’s ‘B’ side was achieved before the trip to Links Park and McInally wants to ensure that his players focus on what they were doing to secure wins.

Jim said: “Everyone has been disappointed at the last two performances and results and it would be great to get back to winning ways at East Fife. A few heads were down at the end of last weekend’s game and we spent a bit of time with the players this week reminding them of what they can do.”

“You cannot just focus on things that have wrong, you have to focus on what we do well.”

Jim added: “Part of that focus has been on how well we have played in our last two games against East Fife. They came just before and just after the split last season.”

“In the first one both teams were trying to get into the top half. We led for a long time through a goal from Hamish Ritchie and should have had a penalty shortly afterwards. We played well only to get done late on from a couple of set pieces.”

“We knew we had played well that day so when we went back there after the split, we had confidence. That game went the other way in that East Fife went ahead earlier and we hit back to win 3-1.”

“Derek Lyle equalised, Andy McDonald blasted in a free-kick out of nowhere and then Danny Strachan scored. All these players are still with us so we know that they can raise their confidence levels after a disappointment and that is what we need again.”

The Balmoor manager finished by saying: “If we get back to what we can be then we can pick up points.”

Team News

The Blue Toon are again missing Alan Cook (shin) and Gary Fraser (knee) however Andrew McCarthy, who missed the game with Airdrie, could return after training with the rest of the squad on Thursday.

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Watching the game

Tickets for Peterhead fans are available & supporters are encouraged to buy ahead of kick-off.

Tickets cost – Adult – £15, Concessions (Over 60’s & Students) £12 and Under 16’s £5 (away sections J & K) and are available from https://eastfifefc.info/tickets

There is also a stream available for those fans who cannot go there in person – https://eftv.info