Evening Express

Peterhead boss hails ‘big victory’ at Stirling Albion to keep Blue Toon joint top of League Two

Peterhead's Rory McAllister scores their second at Stirling Albion.

Peterhead boss Jim McInally declared his side’s win over Stirling Albion “a big victory”.

The Blue Toon stayed joint top of League Two with the 2-0 success at Forthbank.

McInally’s men are still unbeaten and exorcised a disappointing defeat to Stirling in the League Cup at Balmoor last month.

Stirling, expected to challenge for the title, are pointless so far.

McInally said “It was a good win.

“We could have played better, but we got a good victory against a team who are obviously down on their luck a wee bit.

“It’s only a matter of time before they start winning games, so it was a big victory.”

He described it as a “revenge mission” beforehand, and thinks the result of the previous match this term helped his team.

He said: “The guys always are up for it.

“We just tried to learn a lesson from the last game, be a wee bit tighter with balls up to (striker) Peter MacDonald and stuff like that.

“They dealt with that fine, but I think in general we started the game really well.

“In the middle part they came into it and could have scored a couple.

“When we scored, we never really looked back and saw the game out really well.

“We should have probably scored another two goals.”

Despite another three points and his side remaining at the summit of the League Two table as they chase promotion, McInally said it’s too early to think they’ve reached top form.

He added: “You could think that, but then you look at next week’s fixture and we’re playing the team running beside us, Edinburgh City (at Balmoor).

“We just need to go into another big game.

“Saturday was good for us.

“We started as well as we have done, but we’ve still got a bit to go.

“We need to improve even more. It was an ok performance, but we need to do better.

“You just want to take it one game at a time and deal with every game that’s in front of you.”

Peterhead opened the scoring at Forthbank through Jamie Stevenson.

His curling free-kick hit the post on its way into the top corner of the Stirling goal.

The game was put beyond doubt when Rory McAllister, latching on to a through ball, made no mistake to roll it under the keeper for his fourth goal in five matches.