Blue Toon defender hoping to use experience to avoid relegation dogfight

Peterhead defender Craig Reid is hoping to use his experience to help the Blue Toon climb the League 1 table and escape a relegation dogfight.

Reid, who signed for the Blue Toon in March, joins after a spell with Icelandic side Keflavik, adding to his vast experience in Scottish football with Dunfermline, Morton and Motherwell.

He said: “That was the aim of the manager bringing me in – to add some experience. I still think of myself as a youngster but I am an experienced player now.

“I’m 31 but I still feel like I’m a young player. But I’ve got good experience behind me now and hopefully I can help Peterhead. I thought we looked pretty solid.”

While the Blue Toon sit ninth in League 1, Reid insists he still views the Jim McInally’s men as a top-half team and, with only 13 points separating third from 10th, Peterhead still have a chance of making the play-offs.

“I’ve always thought of Peterhead being a club at the top of the league. We’ve got enough games to get out of this. We’re not really looking behind us, we’re more looking up the table and that’s the way it has got to be.

“There is certainly a lot of points to play for and it’s very tight between all the clubs even going up to the play-offs position.

“It’s extremely tight from third and fourth even down to the bottom and it can change very quickly.

“If we apply ourselves the same way we did and show the same commitment on a better pitch we will hopefully start getting results.”

The Blue Toon faced a resilient Albion Rovers but struggled to break their relegation rivals down.

The hard pitch made passing difficult and led to more direct play and long-ball attempts.

Rovers had the first chance when Theo Archibald tested Graeme Smith after 14 minutes but the goalkeeper turned the ball round the post.

The visitors then had their first penalty shout of the afternoon turned down when Grant Anderson went down under a challenge as he looked certain to open the scoring.

Ten minutes before the break, Rovers forward Paul Willis burst into the area and had a clean sight of goal but he was denied by an excellent last-gasp sliding challenge from new signing Reid.

Rovers almost went in front on the restart when Ross Dunlop poked past goalkeeper Smith but his effort was cleared off the line by Michael McMullin.

Peterhead were denied in the closing stages when Rory McAllister latched on to a loose back pass and rounded Ross Stewart, only to be brought down by the home goalkeeper inches outside the box.

Stewart escaped with a yellow card and the free kick came to nothing and, despite the visitors’ late pressure, the Blue Toon were unable to find a winner.

Rovers manager Darren Young was pleased to pick up a point but insisted his side must make use of its games in hand.

He said: “It gives us something to build on with the clean sheet and another point. Peterhead could’ve nicked it and we could’ve nicked it. We’ve still got games in hand but they are only useful if you get the points.”

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