Peterhead manager Jim McInally and player/ coach Simon Ferry’s scouting mission to Tynecastle on Wednesday night to watch Monday’s Scottish Cup opponents Dundee proved to be worthwhile as the Dens Park side showed two different sides to their game.
The Dark Blues were behind at half-time to a goal from an Ellis Simms goal however they got back on level terms early in the second half through a Toby Sibbick own goal before Danny Mullen netted a late second to secure a 2-1 win for James McPake’s side.
Jim explained: “In the first half Hearts were on top. They were the side pressing and looked to be heading to a victory which would have meant Dundee would have been coming to our place on a bit of a downer and in bottom place in the Premiership.”
“However, in the second half they played really well. They turned things around totally and showed a lot of good quality. We know that if they play like that at Balmoor we will need to dig very deep to keep them out.”
“It was good to see Josh Mulligan starting for Dundee and getting an hour under his belt in the game. He did well for us on loan and whilst it will be good to see him on Monday all of my concentration will be on the eleven players that start the game for us.”
One player who will not be starting for Peterhead is Ferry who remains troubled with a back injury with Jim adding: “Simon has a consultation with a specialist on Friday and is set to go for a scan next week. He will not be available for selection until we get to the root of the problem and he can play again pain free.”
“Hopefully it is just a minor issue but until we know he will be sticking to coaching duties.”