Peterhead manager Jim McInally surprised a few fans when he brought in Lenny Wilson between the sticks for Tuesday night’s 1-0 win over Falkirk after regular custodian Joshua Rae had produced a Man of the Match performance in Saturday’s game at East Fife however it was a well-thought out move.
Jim explained that he had decided to play Lenny against the Bairns long before kick-off last weekend in Fife as he has been training so well with goalkeeping coach Jim Butter and he needed the opportunity to show what he can do.
The Blue Toon boss said: “It is a difficult position to be a goalkeeper at a club as you can only ever start one. Joshua has done really well this season and it has been frustrating for Lenny as he had only featured in a couple of Cup matches up until Tuesday.”
“Lenny has trained well and kept his spirits up despite not featuring and I decided last week that he would play against Falkirk. We know by now how Joshua will do in important league games and it was important to find out how Lenny would do. As we were at home I thought that would be the right game to play him in.”
“Joshua then of course went out and had a terrific game against East Fife but it would have been unfair on Lenny not to go with my original plan. He came in and kept a clean sheet and whilst he did not have a lot of saves to make he showed how well he can help the defence with his positioning and by making himself available.”
“I am delighted for Lenny that he got the full game and he came off without losing a goal. Both Lenny and Josh train separately with our Goalkeeping Coach Jim Butter on Thursday nights. Lenny is based in Aberdeen and Josh is in Cumbernauld and the two of them travel to Dundee to work with Jim.”
“That shows a lot of commitment from them and Jim. The sessions are obviously working as I know I have two good young goalkeepers, who will only get better, to call upon.”