Boss to Peterhead: Your mission if you choose to accept it is stop Josh Walker

Former Don Josh Walker

Peterhead manager Jim McInally thinks shutting down former Don Josh Walker is the key to beating Edinburgh City.

The Blue Toon welcome the side from the capital to Balmoor today.

With the Buchan outfit’s game at Stirling Albion postponed last Saturday, due to snow at Forthbank, boss McInally took the opportunity to scout Saturday’s opponents.

He watched them draw 0-0 with Cowdenbeath at Ainslie Park.

And McInally believes Walker is City’s main dangerman.

Walker had a loan spell with Aberdeen during the second half of the 2007/08 season under Jimmy Calderwood, and is best remembered for scoring the Reds’ first goal in the 2-2 draw with Bayern Munich at Pittodrie in the Uefa Cup last-32 tie back in February 2008.

McInally said: “I watched them last Saturday and the one thing about them is that they have dangerous players in their team.

“The best player on the park by a mile last week was Josh Walker, who is obviously well known to Aberdeen fans.

“He’s not as mobile as he once was, but he is certainly a clever footballer.

“All the good things that happened, in the first half especially, were through him.

“Craig Beattie plays at the back for them and Farid El Alagui plays up front.

“So they have quite a big strong side, and they don’t lose many goals.

“And if they do lose they don’t lose by much so it will be a tough, tough game.”

McInally revealed he is planning a man-marking job on Walker to stop him having too much influence.

He added: “We will put somebody on Walker to stop him playing and it will probably be Simon Ferry.

“No matter who you are playing, you have to try to nullify the opposition players who are the better players.

“He (Walker) is a big part of their game and whoever we play I always go in with that attitude that you need to earn the right to play.

“And by that it means we need to win our battles against them and we need to make sure he doesn’t get a lot of space, otherwise we will be in trouble.”

With last week’s game being off, Peterhead, who will be missing midfielders Scott Brown and Marc Lawrence today, dropped to fourth in the table – five points behind leaders Montrose having played a game less.

McInally would like three points to keep up with the Blue Toon’s rivals.

He said: “If we can win – regardless of what happens elsewhere – there is now a pack of five teams at the top of the league and it keeps you in there.

“It would be nice to play well but first and foremost we need to win.”