Peterhead boss McInally says team have grit to go up

Peterhead Manager Jim McInally was dejected at full time at Ochilview Park after the 2-0 loss to Stenhousemuir.
Peterhead Manager Jim McInally was dejected at full time at Ochilview Park after the 2-0 loss to Stenhousemuir.

Peterhead boss Jim McInally insists they can save their promotion dream.

The Blue Toon face Stenhousemuir tomorrow at Balmoor in the second leg of the League One play-off final after being beaten 2-0 at Ochilview on Wednesday in the first leg.

It’s a tough task for the Buchan side to turn things around.

They are going to be without talismanic striker Rory McAllister as well defenders Jason Brown and Mason Robertson.

Skipper David McCracken is also doubtful due a calf problem, but it is hoped he will be available.

With few options in defence it is expected striker Russell McLean will deputise at centre-back as he did in the second half on Wednesday in Brown’s absence.

Despite the situation McInally has the belief his side can turn things around.

He said: “The first goal is important, but it’s not going to be all-out attack from the very start.

“If we score a goal there is every chance we’ll score two.

“You play the game as normal and then you can make adjustments during the game.

“I think they’ll just play the same way with their two big strikers up front and try to counter on us.

“We have a way of playing and we’ll stick to that.

“And we need a wee bit of luck somewhere along the line, I don’t know whether that’s them losing players to injury or something else.

“We will be setting out to pull it back and 90 minutes is plenty of time to do that.

“I don’t think it’s a case of rallying the boys because it’s a big game,” he added.

“They don’t need rallied, they need to be organised and they need to be in a mindset that they can do it – if they’re not already in that mindset.

“With what’s at stake it would be the biggest turnaround of my managerial career.”

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