Peterhead boss Jim McInally says his League Two table-toppers will be using tomorrow’s match away to Stirling Albion to launch a “revenge mission”.
The Blue Toon travel to Forthbank undefeated in the league with two wins and a draw from three fixtures.
In contrast, the Binos have yet to get a point on the board.
However, Albion have already beaten McInally’s men this term – getting a 2-0 win in the league cup at Balmoor – and McInally reckons this will have his team fired up.
He said: “They’ve already beaten us at Peterhead a few weeks ago so it would be folly to think it would be anything other than a tough game.
“They beat us well, they played well, we didn’t play particularly well that day.
“We know it’s not a case of going in thinking we’ll win the game.
“It’s a wee bit of a revenge mission for us, where we need to give them a wee bit of payback for coming up to Peterhead and beating us.
“We’ll certainly be up for it and we won’t be underestimating them.”
After that defeat, where Peterhead were sucker-punched twice on the counter-attack, McInally thought his young centre-backs, Jason Brown and Cameron Eadie, had been taught a lesson by Dave Mackay’s two centre-forwards.
He has taken steps to make sure it doesn’t happen again, having been impressed with the pair in other matches.
McInally said: “That was probably their worst game that day. Peter MacDonald and Mark Stewart, two experienced guys, gave them a bit of a lesson.
“We’ll just prepare ourselves and try to change that mindset for them tomorrow.
“The boys were terrific last week against (Clyde’s) David Goodwillie and Ally Love, so if we can stop that threat (we’ll be OK).
“We just need to keep improving; we’ve still got two defenders to come in.
“The boys are doing well, we’ve got two wingers at full-back as well, but you’re never quite sure, if they come under pressure, how they’ll react.”
McInally is pleased with his players’ start to the season but knows they need to keep improving to get up to League One this term, after last season’s near miss.
In their last three, they’ve scored seven goals and only conceded once in wins over Albion Rovers, Brechin City and Clyde. They drew with Queen’s Park on opening day.
McInally said: “We’re getting there. I don’t think we’re where we want to be yet.
“Players will get fitter as the weeks go on, and players will get sharper and hopefully with the players we’ve got, if they can get into that condition and that sharpness, it bodes well for us to score more goals.
“The cup game with Stirling, we made a lot of chances that day but just couldn’t score.
“We’re pleased with the way it’s going but we’re still not where we want to be yet.”
Injury-wise, Peterhead will only be missing new defenders Paddy Boyle and Mick Dunlop for the trip to Stirling.
Both players are on their way back, with McInally saying he’s aiming to have them back for their Irn-Bru Challenge Cup tie with Irish side Bohemians at Balmoor on Saturday September 8.