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McInally hoping to see Peterhead forward line back in form at Berwick

Peterhead boss Jim McInally
Peterhead boss Jim McInally

Peterhead manager Jim McInally hopes to see his forward line back in form when the Blue Toon travel to Berwick Rangers tonight.

McInally was frustrated to see his side fail to score as they lost at Clyde on Saturday. The defeat, coupled with a win for Montrose, means the Blue Toon now trail the League 2 leading Gable Endies by four points although they have three games in hand.

McInally is disappointed with the result but believes his players will bounce back at Berwick.

He said: “We gave everything we could but we didn’t show enough going forward. I felt our midfield fought their cause really well but Rory McAllister and Russell McLean had an off day.

“We could probably cope with one being off the pace but two at the same time made it tough for us.

“I can’t be too hard on them though. They’ve been brilliant for me this season and I’m sure it was a blip and nothing more.

“I’m pleased we’ve got another game coming around so quickly at Berwick as it will give us a chance to get the disappointment of Saturday out of our system.

“Berwick have beaten us already this season and will be confident after recording a really good win at Cowdenbeath.

“Like Clyde, we will be facing a team full of belief and we have to match that.”

The manner of Saturday’s defeat has irked McInally and he hopes lessons have been learned by his squad.

He said: “The conditions were dreadful but it was same for most clubs this weekend. When you see the ball blowing around the pitch and players can’t take corners, free kicks or goal kicks then it becomes farcical.

“The wind was a factor in our defeat to an extent but what is more frustrating is the fact that, having seen the goal again, it should have been ruled out for offside.

“I don’t think we did enough to win but we didn’t deserve to lose either and we need to learn as a team how to grind out a point in games like the one at Clyde on Saturday.”

Peterhead defender Mason Robertson is facing a spell on the sidelines after suffering an injury in his side’s defeat at Clyde.

The defender was forced to come off in the Blue Toon’s 1-0 defeat to the Bully Wee with an ankle injury and McInally expects to be without the defender, son of former Rangers and Aberdeen defender David, for at least a couple of weeks.

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