Peterhead boss Jim McInally has demanded his side “win at all cost” against Albion Rovers as they look to keep up the pressure at the top of League Two.
The Coatbridge team visit Balmoor tomorrow with the Blue Toon sitting second in the table.
The Buchan side are two points adrift of leaders Edinburgh City. But with the men from the capital taking on fellow title challengers Clyde at Ainslie Park, McInally is desperate for his men to beat Rovers to make up ground on one of their rivals.
If Edinburgh lose or draw, a win for Peterhead against managerless Rovers would take them top of the table.
If Clyde are defeated, the Blue Toon could move 10 points clear of the Bully Wee with a victory.
McInally said; “It is a game we need to win at all cost because Edinburgh City are playing Clyde.
“One way or the other, if we win we either open a gap up on Clyde or we pull back Edinburgh so that makes it a big game for us.
“It’s a big day for us and we need to make sure we go about our business in the correct manner.
“I know I will need to make changes to the team but I’m really happy with the quality we’ve got in the squad.
“We’ve not got a lot in terms of numbers but we have good quality.
“All these things are part of the thrill and enjoyment for me. You are watching for other results, trying to get a result yourself and part of the motivation is ‘look what could happen today’ depending on results.
“You have to get on with it; we will be aware of what’s going on elsewhere but, by the same token, we’ve got ourselves on a good run.
“We have gone under the radar because Edinburgh are doing so well.
“We want to keep doing well because for a long time now, even at the end of last season, we have won a lot of league games and we want to keep it going.
“When you’re playing a team like Albion Rovers (who are bottom of the table), people expect you to walk over the top of them and that’s in the perfect world not the real world.
“They could have a new manager in charge and that will make it difficult for us as the players will want to impress him.”
McInally is without the experienced defensive duo of centre-back Mick Dunlop, who is suspended, and left-back Paddy Boyle, who has an ankle knock. That means Cammy Eadie is likely to come in at the heart of defence.
After starting the season in the Peterhead team, the 20-year-old has spent recent weeks on the sidelines.
McInally added: “It was harsh on Cammy that he was out of the team; he came on last Saturday and was terrific when he came on, which was pleasing for me. He’s got a great attitude and goes about things the right way.
“He came here to learn along with the likes of Ross Kavanagh because they are 20 and 21 and still learning.
“Players like Mick Dunlop and Paddy Boyle help improve them.
“I’m not too down about injuries because I know we can go back to guys like Cammy who have been tried and trusted before.”