Blue Toon defender Josh Mulligan will use Peterhead’s last performance as a confidence boost for the trip to the Indodrill Stadium on Saturday to face Alloa.
The on-loan Dundee player said: “I think beating Dumbarton 5-0 will give us the confidence to go to Alloa and put in a performance similar to that one. We beat Alloa in the first game of the season so if we put in a performance like that one or the Dumbarton one it should go our way”.
Peterhead’s five-star performance against the Sons included Mulligan’s first ever professional goal, and he believes his side outplayed their visitors as opposed to merely benefitting from very tricky conditions.
Josh said: “I think we dealt with the conditions better than Dumbarton did, but it was not just that led to the win, as overall, as a team, we outplayed them in lots of way. When we played into the wind in the first half, we kept a good shape and didn’t let them get through. Then in the second half we were really good at attacking them all the time. We were going forward, being positive and we managed to get a few goals so it was a great performance from all the boys”.
Peterhead may have had last weekend off from competitive action week due to the international break, however the games did not stop for the players as they hit 4 against a League 2 side in a friendly.
First time goalscorer Mulligan was happy to keep the 90 minutes coming thick and fast as he explained: “I played in friendlies with Dundee and Peterhead so I certainly wasn’t doing nothing. I would rather play than be off to be honest.”
Alloa who have secured 2 wins in their past 5 games lost their previous fixture 3-1 to fellow North-East side Cove Rangers and Mulligan knows they will be out for revenge after their 2-0 loss at Balmoor on the opening day with goals thanks to Russell McLean and Niah Payne.
Josh said: “I think we can go there and win. Cove beat them and also beat us recently however we played well that day and were a bit unlucky. We just need to be confident and play like we did against Dumbarton. I feel like we can beat every team in this league if we’re at it so I think we can beat Alloa. We should be confident going into that game”.
Saturday’s game will be McInally’s first since passing his 10th anniversary of overseeing the Blue Toon and Josh feels he’s learned a lot so far in his time at Balmoor from the longest serving manager in Scotland.
“He’s great, I think he’s brilliant. He’s had so much experience in the game and it’s just been great learning off him. He’s been at Peterhead for 10 years so he knows the club very well too and I think he’s helped me a lot individually as well. He wants me to go back into the Dundee team and do well. He’s a good manager and I’ve learned a lot from him.”