Peterhead manager Jim McInally was pleased with the performance put in by a makeshift Blue Toon side as they returned to football after a six month break in a 1-0 Friendly defeat at Dens Park against Dundee.
Paul McGowan ran onto a through ball and skipped past Lenny Wilson to score the only goal of the game 5 minutes from half-time however there were lots of positives for manager McInally to take.
Jim said: “We are a bit short of numbers and also had Gary MacKenzie, Derek Lyle and Steven Boyd missing out as they were carrying injuries so we had a trialist playing at right back from the start and Scott Brown playing at centre – half.”
“Despite all that I am really pleased with how the boys went about things. in fact when you consider how long we have not played for and we were facing a full time side I have to say I was pleasantly surprised with how we played. Dundee were a shade fitter than us but that is to be expected but we will take confidence from how we played.”
Jim added: “The trialist that played at right back did really well however his signing would not be straightforward but he is in my thoughts. Scott looked like he he played centre half throughout his career but we did not have his goal threat in midfield. Overall we kept the ball really well and probably created more chances than Dundee.”
“Lenny made one great stop in the first half and the trialist that replaced him did not have too busy a time of things. We used four further trialists in the second half and that interrupted the flow of the game. We actually ended up with only ten players on the pitch as a couple of boys picked up knocks and as there is a lot of football still to played so there was no point in taking a risk with them.”
The Balmoor side have two closed door games lined up for this weekend against Fraserburgh and Formartine with Jim adding: “Hopefully we will have a fuller squad for these games.”
Wilson (Trialist 46), Trialist, S Brown, J Brown, Conroy, Armour (Trialist 57), Ferry (Trialist 67), McCarthy (Trialist 73), Fraser, Cook (Trialist 46), Layne
Unused sub: Boyd.
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