Evening Express

League Two: Peterhead’s McAllister rolls sleeves up and goes into battle

Peterhead's Rory McAllister in action against Bohemians.

Peterhead striker Rory McAllister says he’s equipped to deal with rough treatment from opposing defenders.

In Saturday’s Irn-Bru Challenge Cup tie against Bohemians, the Blue Toon talisman was subject to a number of heavy challenges which went unpunished by referee Sam Purkiss.

Most weeks, the 31-year-old is subject of rough treatment for defenders trying to stop him from scoring.

But McAllister, who has netted four goals so far this season, doesn’t allow his opponents’ physical approach to put him off and says he is used to it.

He said: “I feel fine. I feel good and I’m feeling fit again after some ankle trouble.

“I feel I’ve been doing well in the first four or five games and hopefully I can keep doing that.

“It’s always the same, I just have to take it and hope you don’t get anything to bad.

“But you always get wee knocks during games and you just have to get on with it and I’m used to it.”

McAllister was disappointed to lose to League of Ireland side Bohs in the second round of the Challenge Cup.

Peterhead were edged out 1-0 at Balmoor, and McAllister added: “It was disappointing because we maybe deserved a draw out of that but we didn’t get it.

“It was a tough game because they are a physical, strong outfit.

“It was a good run out for us and it sets us up for Saturday now against Cowdenbeath.

“The league is the main priority, we did all right in the Challenge Cup.

“If you can get through it’s a bonus but now we’ll have to concentrate on the league and hopefully have a run in the Scottish Cup as well, which would be good.

“The league is the bread and butter for just now.”

On Saturday Peterhead face Cowdenbeath at Central Park after two defeats in a row.

Prior to the loss to Bohs, the Blue Toon were beaten by Edinburgh City in League Two.

McAllister doesn’t expect an easy game against the Blue Brazil, but believes it’s important the Blue Toon return to winning ways. He said: “You know what you get down there, it’s a battle and if you win the battle there I think you win the game because I do think we have better players.

“But we need to go down there and show the right attitude and win the battle first.

“We need to get out of that rut. We don’t want to have a run of losses because then the confidence goes down.

“Right now I think everybody is still confident that we can bounce back and try to win our last four games of the first quarter of the league.”