Peterhead showed squad strength against Edinburgh City, says Shane Sutherland

Shane Sutherland
Shane Sutherland

Shane Sutherland believes Peterhead showed their squad strength against title rivals Edinburgh City.

The Blue Toon drew 0-0 at Ainslie Park on Saturday to maintain their five-point lead at the top of League Two.

The Buchan outfit achieved that result without striker Derek Lyle and midfielders Simon Ferry and Jack Leitch, who were all injured.

Right-back Jamie Stevenson’s return from injury lasted just 20 minutes before his hamstring tightened up and he had to come off.

But fringe players like Callum Home and Paul Willis performed vital roles in Jim McInally’s side.

Sutherland believes that shows Peterhead’s strength in depth.

The former Elgin striker, who returned for a second spell at Balmoor in January, said: “We’ve been missing some good players lately.

“But we showed on Saturday we have a very good squad because we faced the side second in the league and we competed very well. As a team we could have played better and personally I could have played better.

“But we competed well and got a point at a difficult venue.”

The Blue Toon have six games left this season as they look to win League Two and gain promotion.

The first of these is against Cowdenbeath at Balmoor this Saturday.

With a five-point advantage Sutherland doesn’t want to let Edinburgh or third-placed Clyde – who are six adrift – make any inroads at the top of the table.

Reflecting on the weekend draw with Edinburgh and looking ahead, the 28-year-old added: “A draw was probably a fair result against Edinburgh.

“But I do think the better chances fell to us, especially in the first half.

“Rory McAllister had a couple of chances and I went through at one time and tried to square the ball.

“On another day I would have cut on to my left foot and have a shot so I look back at that with disappointment.

“But nothing has changed apart from Clyde gaining two points (after beating Annan 2-1).

“The gap between ourselves and Edinburgh is still the same.

“So for us we move on to the next game and we hope to win that and keep the gap the same.

“If we keep doing that this week and next week and beyond that, we know we will win the league.

“We know the chance for us to win the title is there if we keep winning.

“We have to take it one game at a time and although we didn’t win on Saturday we’re still five points clear.

“If we can beat Cowdenbeath on Saturday, it doesn’t matter where Edinburgh or Clyde are.

“And then we want to do that the week after that and the week after. And if we do it, then at the end of the season we’ll be where we want to be.”