Peterhead boss McInally: Manager of the Month award is for my players – they do all the hard work

Peterhead manager Jim McInally with the Ladbrokes League 2 Manager of the Month Award for December.

Peterhead manager Jim McInally dedicated his manager of the month award to his players.

The Blue Toon boss picked up the prize for League Two for the month of December from the SPFL and sponsors Ladbrokes.

During December the Buchan outfit won all four games in the league, including a 6-2 thrashing of title rivals Montrose.

However, McInally was keen to divert attention away from himself.

He said: “I’ve never enjoyed getting awards and I would rather be under the radar, but that’s football. “I only get awards because of the good work the players have done.

“This award is for the players and what they achieved in December, not for me. “I only accept it on behalf of them.”

Peterhead’s run of recent form has taken them to within a point of League Two leaders Montrose and they still have two games in hand.

McInally doesn’t want to undo the good work of recent weeks by losing to Stirling Albion at Balmoor tomorrow as his side aim for eight wins in a row in all competitions.

He added: “I know we don’t want to undo the good work.

“But it’s like it’s always been, we take it one game at a time. “But it’s important our confidence stays high.

“This is our last league game for two weeks and we know we need to win to keep the pressure on Montrose because we are in the Scottish Cup next week and everyone else is playing. “So there’s another game we will be behind, which is not ideal.

“It would be good to go into the Scottish Cup tie against Dumbarton with three points in the bag so that we have no pressure on us and we can have a real go.”

Something that is driving on McInally and his players is the 4-2 defeat they suffered the last time Stirling arrived at Balmoor.

After that loss, the Blue Toon were seven points behind the Binos – but are now 10 points clear and looking to extend the lead.

McInally said: “The aim is to win the game because it would give them a mountain to climb to catch us.

“That’s the aim and we haven’t forgotten the last time they were at Balmoor when they turned us over 4-2.

“We want revenge for that loss.

“We have come a long way since then – but that defeat still rankles with us.

“We have spent the last few weeks trying to put right these mistakes that were made.

“We went seven points behind Stirling that day and we knew we had to get our finger out, so to be 10 points ahead of them is just fantastic.”

Striker Alan Smith is out of tomorrow’s game due to a fractured elbow while talismanic striker Rory McAllister is also a doubt.