Get them up for training, I had to tell them to calm down

Apr 20, 2022

Peterhead manager Jim McInally had no problem getting his players up for training last night indeed at one stage he had to tell them to calm down.

Saturday’s 2-1 success over Queen’s Park ensured that ninth placed Dumbarton cannot catch the Blue Toon however there were no signs of tools being downed ahead of this weekend’s game against an East Fife due to spend next season in League 2.

Jim explained: “There was no evidence of anyone taking it easy last night or thinking that a job has been done, in fact it was the opposite. The players trained at an intense level and when they moved onto a game it was the same.”

“There was no quarter asked or given and the quality of football that was played was high. At one point I had to tell them to take things a bit easier on each other.”

The Balmoor boss believes that competition for a starting jersey is behind the approach taken by his squad as he explained: “If you saw the effort the players put in you would not think we had only two games to go. The boys deserve great credit for the standard they produced last night and showing that they all want to be involved against East Fife and Airdrie.

“Hamish Ritchie was back training last night and you could see how much he wants back into the team after missing a couple of games by the way he trained and played. He knows that we are stronger now than at anytime this season and that if you are to play from the start you have to work hard.”

“We are on a good run just now and from what I saw on Tuesday the players are determined to keep it going.”