Peterhead boss Jim McInally is delighted that his side are involved in action this afternoon against East Fife in a SPFL Trust Trophy Second Round tie at Balmoor.
Jim said: “Football has been off and on quite a bit in the last 18 months so when it is on I want us to be playing. Some teams, including Championship ones with big squads, have had to pull out this competition for various reasons this season and that must be really frustrating for the players and the management as playing is always better than not playing.”
“We came through a difficult first round tie against Dundee’s B team in strange circumstances to be here and now we want to make the most of it. We played East Fife last weekend and the final score-line of 3-0 to them was hugely disappointing. However I remain steadfast in my view that we played really well in the game especially in the first half.”
“Not scoring when we were on top and then conceding bad goals at bad times after the break hurt us. We will have a few changes to our line-up, and I am sure East Fife will have as well, but I want the same level of performance minus the missed chances and poor defending at key times.”
“If I get that then we can do well.”
Jim added: “I want us to make sure we are playing again when the next round is being held. There is a potential tie against a Championship side in Raith Rovers or Forfar lying in wait and I want us to secure it. East Fife will be up for the possibility of a game against their neighbours from Kirkcaldy so this should be a strongly contested tie.”
The good news – Ryan Conroy is available after missing out last weekend due to illness and Derek Lyle has recovered from a knee injury picked up in training. There could also be an earlier than expected role on the substitutes’ bench for Alan Cook with Jim adding: “Alan has trained this week after the stress fracture on his shin improved. He now needs games to get fully fit so he could be involved in same stage in this one.”
The not so good news – On-loan Dundee trio Danny Strachan, Josh Mulligan and Lyall Cameron miss out as they are cup-tied after playing against the Blue Toon in the last round. Player/ coach Simon Ferry is still troubled by an ankle problem and is unlikely to be risked with Gary Fraser remaining out long term.
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