Peterhead boss has warning as Clyde boast top two in dangerous pairing

Peterhead manager Jim McInally believes his team will need to be solid defensively to beat Clyde tomorrow.

The Blue Toon return to league business after two weeks of cup action and head for Broadwood to take on the Bully Wee.

Jim Chapman’s team have an impressive attack which is headed by former Aberdeen, Plymouth, Blackburn and Dundee United attacker David Goodwillie and Smart Osadolor.

Boss McInally knows he needs a good defensive showing.

He said: “The two front players Goodwillie and Osadolor are both good players.

“Goodwillie is a level or two above where he is playing.

“He is playing here because of circumstances and he’s found a home at Clyde where he is comfortable.

“We just need to make sure we don’t let him play.

“If he plays then you could be in trouble so we need to deal with him.

“We are well aware of him. David McCracken has had two 90 minutes under his belt so hopefully he will be feeling stronger and fitter.

“At his age it’s important to get game time under his belt, so that’s good for him and he knows Goodwillie and hopefully we will deal with his threat.”

The Buchan outfit sit fourth in the League Two table with 13 points from eight games. Tomorrow’s match completes the first quarter of league fixtures and McInally would view a win to take them to 16 points as a decent start.

He added: “It would be fine as far as if we do that in the four quarters, 64 points would be competitive as far as winning it goes.

“I think you might need to be a little bit better than that but it would be the target at the minute.

“We’ve had a lot of victories in cups this season but I would have certainly given up a couple of them to make them league victories.

“If we can win on Saturday it would be a fine first quarter and it would keep the pressure on Stirling Albion, Stenhousemuir and Montrose. So it’s important that we tick on.”

Clyde are eighth with eight points, and McInally knows they want to climb the table.

He said: “I know they expected to be doing better and there is still time to do better anyway. It’s still really early in the season.

“At the minute they are not where they want to be and we need to make sure they don’t start getting where they want to be against us.”

The last time Peterhead played at Broadwood was in April 2014 when they secured the League Two title with a 2-0 win.

McInally said: “It’s a happy hunting ground for us. That was a great day and that was the last time we were there so it will be nice to go there.”

McInally will be without the injured Mason Robertson and Marc Lawrence, while Simon Ferry is set to be rested because the game will be played on an artificial pitch.

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