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McInally rallies his Peterhead players for run-in

Jim McInally is hoping for a Scottish Cup run for Peterhead this season.
Jim McInally is hoping for a Scottish Cup run for Peterhead this season.

Peterhead manager Jim McInally tried to take the positives from his team’s draw against Airdrie, which left the Blue Toon in the relegation play-off zone.

For the second week in a row at Balmoor, Rory McAllister gave McInally’s men an early lead but it was not enough to end their barren run.

McInally said: “The pleasing thing was we defended well.

“Airdrie never really opened us up and we can take that positive away and the fact that they had beaten us in the last two meetings.

“We just need to move on to Queen’s Park next week now and we know all the remaining games are massive. We know if we can win there, which won’t be easy, we can suck them in close to us so we will prepare for that.”

Turning draws into victories in the league run-in will be key for Peterhead in their quest to beat the drop.

During their nine-match winless streak, six have ended all square and that has allowed Stranraer and Albion Rovers to climb above them.

McInally, whose defensive woes increased with an injury to Craig Reid, said: “It is unusual for us.

“In my time here, we have never really been a drawing team but it is a tough league and our back four was much changed again.

“Aaron Comrie did really well and so did Michael McMullin when he came on but they are only young boys and they have been thrown into this situation where they are fighting for their lives.

“If nothing else, it will do them the world of good.”

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