Peterhead need to improve form, attacker McLean says

Peterhead's Russell McLean.
Peterhead's Russell McLean.

Russell McLean reckons Peterhead’s array of attacking options can help improve their home form.

The Blue Toon welcome Berwick Rangers to Balmoor tomorrow in League Two.

Jim McInally’s men are second in the table after six games, two points behind leaders Edinburgh City.

So far this term the Buchan side have won all three away games, but have only taken four points out of nine at home.

It can be difficult for Peterhead at home with visitors to Balmoor often sitting in and being difficult to break down, which can make it tough for the Blue Toon to score.

But McLean believes their home form will improve and the striker believes that is because of the number of attacking options they have.

As well as McLean they have Rory McAllister and Derek Lyle and midfielders like Ryan Dow, Willie Gibson, Jamie Stevenson, Ross Kavanagh and Jack Leitch.

McLean said: “Our home form last season wasn’t what it should have been compared with our away form and we need to improve that this season.

“Most teams do come up and try to sit in because they expect us to pass the ball about and be attacking. We just have to learn to break down the defences when they do that.

“There’s lot of forward thinking players that all play in different ways which works to our advantage.

“We’ve got Jack Leitch and Willie Gibson who look to play passes through.

“We’ve got Jamie Stevenson, Ryan Dow and Ross Kavanagh who can run at defences.

“And then there’s Rory McAllister, Derek Lyle and me, who have all got different attributes that play up front.

“I don’t know much about Berwick but I expect them to be a big, physical, hardworking team as they usually are.”

McLean thinks all the options at boss McInally’s disposal means all the frontmen have had to up their performance this season to stay in the team.

He added: “I think we’ve all had to raise our game. Everybody has to work hard and do an extra bit this season.

“And if you don’t perform you might not be in the team the following week because there are so many players in our team who don’t deserve not to be playing.

“In my opinion there are players that don’t play some weeks in our squad that would play for anybody else in our league.”

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