League Two: It’s plain sailing against Clyde as Peterhead stay in top spot with 3-0 win

Peterhead manager, Jim McInally.
Picture by Heather Fowlie
Peterhead manager, Jim McInally. Picture by Heather Fowlie

Jim McInally praised striker Russell McLean as Peterhead beat Clyde 3-0 at Balmoor to keep up the pressure on Montrose at the top of League Two.

McLean netted in four minutes to give the Blue Toon the lead before adding to his tally with a penalty on 68 minutes.

Sub Rory McAllister netted the third on 79 minutes to see off the in-form Bully Wee.

The victory means the Buchan side remain top of League Two on goal difference.

But rivals Montrose have a game in hand, which is tomorrow, away to bottom side Cow-denbeath.

McLean has scored 14 goals this term, and boss McInally said: “I think a lot of people forgot he was injured, that was the reason he was out of the team recently. “He’s still nursing his ankle. But I think he’s shown a lot of confidence since scoring a hat-trick at Annan (on February 20).

“He’s never really looked back since then. “He’s feeling good about himself, he’s quite a handful and held the ball up well which was pleasing.”

On the result McInally added: “I’m delighted, we scored early and for most of the first half I thought we played well.

“We were playing at a high tempo, but later in the half we looked a bit nervy.

“Although we didn’t look like losing a goal, we looked as though we were happy to just be winning 1-0.

“We said to the players at half-time that one wouldn’t be enough, so go out and take the game to them again.

“We wanted them to get in their faces, and second half I thought we took control.

“It was a good professional performance and we were worthy of our win.

“A lot of people thought we would slip up on Saturday.

“For me it was a big game because we needed to keep the pressure on Montrose, “I did always feel as though they would win their game on Saturday (3-0 v Edinburgh City).

“So to match their result was good and now we need to keep going.

”We’ve got four matches to go and we do need to win the four.”