Peterhead boss full of praise after ‘biggest three points of season’

Peterhead manager Jim McInally.
Peterhead manager Jim McInally.

Peterhead manager Jim McInally described their 4-3 win over Stirling Albion as “the biggest three points of the season so far”.

The Blue Toon won a thriller at Balmoor. Willie Gibson scored direct from a corner in the first minute before William Robertson levelled for the Binos.

A Rory McAllister penalty had the Buchan side ahead again before Darren Smith’s equaliser.

In the second period, Russell McLean struck twice in the last quarter to win it with Smith netting a late consolation.

The result keeps Peterhead a point behind leaders Montrose with two games in hand and moves them 13 points clear of Stirling.

McInally said: “It was the biggest three points of the season so far because the wind was farcical.

“We had it in the first half and we scored two goals, but we gave away two ridiculous goals.

“They probably went in at half-time thinking the job was done and they’d won the game because the wind was that strong.

“It was a remarkable second half to win the game.

“Their third goal was basically the last kick of the ball and it was wind-affected.

“So bearing in mind what we were against, it was a fantastic performance.

“The second half for sure was the most satisfying performance of the season.

“We said to them at half-time, although Stirling thought they had probably done the job, it can be harder to play with a hurricane at your backs because we know that from experience.

“It was a case of condensing the game a bit and playing high and making it difficult – and we did that.

“A lot of teams might have accepted at half-time that it was going to be really hard playing into the wind because you could tell they thought they’d done the job, so we showed a lot of character to come through.”

McAllister’s spot-kick means he has now scored in eight consecutive games.

It was expected he wouldn’t feature in the game because of family issues.

McInally was delighted he scored and added: “It was a bonus he played.

“He did well to play as long as he did (80 minutes) but he was visibly knackered at the end.

“It was pleasing he got the goal and I was desperate for it to go in just for him and his family.

“He’s now scored in eight games on the bounce.

“There’s no words I can use to describe him – he is just a phenomenon.

“And knowing he has had a mentally exhausting week, to play and score says a lot about him.”

McInally also praised teenager striker McLean for his double and said: “I think he is probably the best 19-year-old in the league in terms of the contribution he has made to our team this season.”