Peterhead manager McInally looking for his troops to step it up for Stirling Albion

Rory McAllister. Picture by Darrell Benns

Peterhead manager Jim McInally was happy to beat Edinburgh City 3-0 but challenged his team to play better when they visit Stirling Albion tomorrow.

The Blue Toon were the victors at Balmoor thanks to three second-half strikes. Rory McAllister got the first from the penalty spot on 47 minutes after he was hauled down by Craig McKee – which resulted​ in the defender being sent off.

McAllister got the second on 72 minutes to make him the first player in Scotland to reach 20 goals for the season and Jordon Brown completed the scoring a minute later.

The victory moves the Buchan men up to third in the table three points behind leaders Montrose. Peterhead travel to Forthbank tomorrow evening to face second-placed Stirling. Victory there would see them move to the top of the table on goal difference.

Boss McInally wants to see a stronger showing from his side after revealing that he thought 3-0 against Edinburgh flattered them.

He said: “I think it flattered us a wee bit.

“To be fair to them they came out and played with three strikers and had a go.

“I thought it was a really good game and although we deserved to win I would have said 5-3 or 4-2 would have been a better reflection on the game because Greg Fleming had two really good saves at crucial times.

“Rory McAllister missed another three chances, one-on-ones with the goalie.

“It was a strange game but I think it was entertaining because of the way they played.

“It was nice playing a team that came out and were on the front foot and had a go.

“I feel as though we would have won it but them going down to 10 men and us getting a penalty helped.

“It was good that we won, although I didn’t think we played particularly well. I still think we deserved to win just not by that margin.”

On the chance to go top with a win tomorrow, he added: “The other results have gone in our favour and it’s good. We just need to keep the momentum going, we’ve got a good bit of momentum going just now.

“There’s a lot to come because Saturday wasn’t really good enough and we need to play better.”

On the exploits of Blue Toon talisman McAllister McInally said: “What can I keep saying about Rory? He is just a handful of a player.

“He was really annoyed at half-time, he was kicking stuff around the dressing room and I said ‘what’s up?’

“He said ‘I’m missing sitters’.

“But I told him that you miss sitters all your career and you’ll keep missing sitters it’s about just keeping going.

“God knows how many goals he can score this season.

“He is just something else and we’re just grateful to have him and long may it continue.”

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