Peterhead are at home to Clyde tomorrow with the Blue Toon looking for a second home of the season whilst Clyde are out for the win that could potentially see them jump to third in the league.
The last time these two sides met Peterhead ran out 3-0 winners at Balmoor thanks to a double from Hamish Ritchie and a Scott Brown strike.
Niah Payne is looking forward to having the chance to pick up 3 points for the first time since Alloa were defeated and the former Bradford City youngster Payne, who scored and had an assist in the 2-0 success over the Wasps, said: “This is a very important game and a chance to get a win. We could have won against East Fife a couple weeks ago and I still feel we deserved the 3 points based on our first half performance. I thought we also played well in the second half but unfortunately, we didn’t get the result. That defeat puts more pressure on this game, we know how important it is, not just to get the 3 points, but to stop the run of results we have had and kick on”
“It’s a good opportunity to get 3 points but Clyde are a good team. I remember playing them last year but with the attitude and ability we have in our side, we’re more than capable of beating anyone in the league.”
“Even though the results haven’t gone our way recently, I’m sure we’ll go into the match with full confidence and look to get the 3 points”
“I don’t feel like there’s much between any of the teams in this league. That was the case at East Fife. I feel we were the better side so it’s just frustrating that nothing fell for us and everything seemed to fall for them. I think its more of a when its going to click for us, rather than an if it is going to click for us. Hopefully we can just get the 3 points on Saturday and go on a run”
Niah is grateful for the support that the team is receiving from Blue Toon fans as he explained: “It is nice to hear everyone still behind us, it is definitely a confidence booster when the fans are like that. It would be nice to get a win at home for the fans on Saturday and then we can continue on from there”
The Englishman who so far has made 22 appearances for the Blue Toon and been named our August Player of the Month, has impressed with his performances and he wants to keep it up saying: “It was really good to be awarded the Player of the Month. I feel like my form has come off the back of last season where I put in some decent performances. That has allowed me to have a good start to this season. Playing well helps confidence levels and hopefully I can just continue and keep it up in every game of the season”
However, Niah’s success has also been helped by support up front from the returning Russell Mclean, who he believes suits his strengths on the pitch.
“I am really enjoying playing with Russell. I feel the key to being good partners is knowing each other’s strengths and we work well off each other. I do plenty of running, I have the legs to get in behind whereas he’s good at holding the ball up. I know that if I beat a man and get wide, I know he’s going to be in the box and vice versa.”
“It is also about communication and trying to play off each other. It has been working well and hopefully we can show that against Clyde.”
Peterhead will have Josh Mulligan, Lyall Cameron and Danny Strachan back after being cup tied against East Fife in the SPFL Trust Trophy last weekend.
Niah has welcomed their return saying: “The Dundee boys bring depth and strength into the squad. They have been starting games so it will be good to have them about and in the match day squad as options to strengthen the team”