Blue Toon boss McInally: We can leave Sons Dumb-struck in Scottish Cup

Peterhead manager Jim McInally.

Peterhead manager Jim McInally reckons his team can shock Championship side Dumbarton in the Scottish Cup tonight.

The pair meet at Balmoor in the fourth round after the clash was postponed on Saturday due to a frozen pitch.

Rising temperatures yesterday and today mean the game should go ahead.

While the Sons are two divisions above the Blue Toon, McInally believes his team can spring a surprise and set up a fifth-round tie with Morton at Cappielow.

McInally also believes his side have nothing to lose because they are underdogs tonight.

He said: “It is an occasion to enjoy and we’ve done well in our big games this season, so if we turn up we’ll give them a game that’s for sure. If we play well then it will be close – I think that’s guaranteed – I just hope and pray that we put in a decent performance because if we do that it will be a close game.

“By winning our last league game, and our priorities lie in the league, I feel we can go and have a free shot at Dumbarton – that’s the way I see it.

“They are two divisions above us and regardless of what people say about them not being great – they play two leagues above us.

“So they should be sharper than us with the level they play at, and we will give them every respect.

“We will just deal with it as best we can, but it will be a tough game for us.”

One thing in the Buchan side’s favour is that Dumbarton are also a part-time team.

McInally believes in terms of fitness, both teams should be similar.

He added: “With them being a part-time side we know they won’t be much fitter than us.

“I don’t know if it’s a leveller but it changes their preparations.

“If the game had been on Saturday they were coming up on the Friday and would have been well-prepared for the game on Saturday.

“But the weather on the west coast has been very poor, so I don’t think they’ll have trained any more than us in the last week, so I think that levels things out when it comes to preparation.”

McInally also has a lot of admiration for Sons’ boss Stevie Aitken.

“Their manager Stevie Aitken always does really well,” he said.

“He’s somebody I’ve got a lot of respect for and last year I voted for him for Manager of the Year because to keep Dumbarton in the Championship the way he does is remarkable.

“They are really well-organised and they have some big men in their team.

“They are a big strong side and we’ll have to deal with that.

“But we have good experience in our team with the likes of David McCracken, Greg Fleming, Willie Gibson and Simon Ferry who have all played at Championship level, or higher.”