Peterhead manager Jim McInally praised new signing Aidan McIlduff as the Blue Toon reached the Irn-Bru Cup third round with a 2-0 win over Annan Athletic.
McIlduff signed for the Buchan outfit on Thursday and the left-back played the whole match against Annan.
Boss McInally was pleased with what he saw from the new recruit.
He said: “I thought it was an excellent debut.
“I don’t know the last time he played. He says about a month ago, but he may have been conservative with that.
“I just said to him sit in and be a good defender and he did and I thought he was good.”
Russell McLean and sub Rory McAllister got the goals for the Aberdeenshire side as they bounced back from two defeats to win at Balmoor.
McInally added: “I’m delighted because I said to the players after the game that after about five or 10 minutes I could see the wind was going to be a bit of a factor.
“I always get the message on, especially with new players to play the conditions, stay in the game, don’t try anything clever and we managed the game fine to half-time.
“Then in the second half, with the wind at our backs, I felt we were professional.
“We got our goals and I thought we did all right in the second half.
But I think generally we didn’t concede many chances in open play and the wee boy Aidan Smith is a handful up front.
“It was pleasing the way we dealt with them and I think we controlled the game in the second half to a certain extent.”
The one disappointment for McInally was that centre-back David McCracken had to come off midway through the first half as a precaution after hurting a calf.
In a game of few chances the Blue Toon were in front on 58 minutes.
Defender Steven Swinglehurst gave away a penalty when he climbed on and knocked down McLean.
The striker took the spot-kick himself and thumped it low into the bottom right corner to net his first goal for Peterhead.
They could have had another penalty when goalie Alex Mitchell tripped Nicky Riley on 70 minutes but it wasn’t given by referee Craig Napier and Riley was booked for diving.
But the Blue Toon secured their place in the third round with 12 minutes left when subs Willie Gibson and McAllister linked up at a corner.
The former played the dead ball in low to McALLISTER who took one touch to control and then blasted the ball home at the near post.