Peterhead boss McInally hits out at Lennon after ‘firing up’ Cowdenbeath for Balmoor visit

Peterhead manager Jim McInally wants his title-chasers to avoid a slip-up to bottom- of-the-table Cowdenbeath tomorrow.

The Blue Toon boss reckons the Blue Brazil will be fired up for their trip to Balmoor tomorrow after Hibs boss Neil Lennon brought their plight into his post-match interview after Hibs lost to Aberdeen last Saturday.

Following the 4-1 defeat Lennon said: “Cowdenbeath would have beaten us with the attitude that we showed.”

McInally believes the former Celtic player and manager was wrong to make the comment and thinks Cowdenbeath boss Gary Bollan will have used it as motivation for his side ahead of tomorrow’s League Two encounter.

McInally said: “It’s hard enough at our level without remarks like that being made.

“He (Lennon) gets a lot of praise for his after-match honesty and being forthright but this time he has taken it too far.

“Cowdenbeath probably used that criticism to fire them up the other night (when they drew 1-1 with Stenhousemuir).

“I think Gary will have spoken about it because I know he wasn’t happy about it.

“Which he shouldn’t be because it was a disrespectful thing to say.

“Gary will use that and use the league position at the bottom – they are just a point behind Edinburgh City – to fire them up.

“It’s the same three points you get when you play Stirling Albion or anyone else. If you don’t pick them up you make it hard for yourself.

“We’ve had two and a half weeks off, so we need to get back at it again.”

Poor weather has meant the Buchan outfit haven’t played since beating Stirling Albion 1-0 at Forthbank on December 5.

This has meant Peterhead have slipped into second place, six points behind leaders Montrose who have played two games more.

McInally, who watched Cowdenbeath draw with fourth-placed Stenny on Tuesday, hopes there will be no rustiness from his side tomorrow.

He added: “At training on Wednesday it looked as if the players were pleased to get back playing again.

“From that point of view you just have to trust them to go out and get on with it. In the first half against Stenny, Cowdenbeath were excellent, they were by far the better side.

“They could possibly have been one goal up at half-time.”

Peterhead had 20-year-old Stranraer centre-back Tom Lang training with them again on Wednesday night as McInally continues to decide whether he will make an offer for the defender.

The Blue Toon’s only absentees for tomorrow’s game are injured midfielders Scott Brown and Marc Lawrence.