McInally thinks table-topping Peterhead can raise their game further

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Peterhead manager Jim McInally was delighted to see his side surge to the top of the League Two table – but he still thinks they can play better.​

The Blue Toon beat title rivals Stirling Albion 1-0 at Forthbank thanks to Rory McAllister’s first half strike.

Boss McInally is pleased his side are now at the division’s summit on goal difference ahead of Montrose, but believes his players could be more ruthless.

He said: “I’m frustrated as hell because even after 20 minutes we could have been two or three up. We weren’t hanging on at the end, but when they are getting set pieces at the end you are thinking that it could come back to haunt us.

“We were tired and you could see there were a lot of tired legs. We just needed the second goal to put us out of our misery. I’m delighted with the result, but we can play better than that – we could be more ruthless.

“When you watch them training you just know that they are better than that and that there is more to come from them. But I think if we’d got the second goal everybody would have relaxed a bit more.

“But it was a big game for us, after losing 4-2 at Balmoor we knew we were a long way behind, so we’ve come a long way and we were determined to try to see it through.

“You’re better being top than chasing because we have been chasing for the whole season and we were seven or eight points behind Stirling Albion, so credit to the players, they’ve come a long way. It’s better to be top than to be chasing, but I still think we need to improve.”

McInally also revealed that Stranraer’s 20-year-old centre-back Tom Lang will train with them next week as the Buchan club consider a move for him in January.

The Blue Toon dominated the first period with home goalie Cameron Binnie almost pushing Willie Gibson’s corner into his own net. While Russell McLean had the ball scrambled away when he looked set to turn in Jack Leitch’s centre.

But, just three minutes before the break, McALLISTER fired them in front. His curling shot from the edge of the area took a slight deflection off Ross McGeachie before finding the top corner. Eight minutes into the second period, Jason Brown headed Gibson’s corner off the bar as the Blue Toon searched for a second.

With 15 minutes left, Andrew Black was sent off for a terrible challenge on Gibson as Peterhead held on to top the table.