We learned lessons from previous game – Jim McInally post-match Clyde

Apr 25, 2021

Peterhead manager Jim McInally praised his players for listening and learning as they defeated Clyde 3-0 at Balmoor just over 3 weeks after the Bully Wee had returned home with all three points from the same venue.

Scott Brown’s penalty and a double from Hamish Ritchie took the Blue Toon to within one point of League 1 safety with McInally saying: “The first 20-25 minutes was a continuation of the fine form that the players showed in the midweek win over Falkirk. Unfortunately we never got a goal during that period and the game became quite scrappy. The fiery pitch started affecting the game and whilst we were still creating the best chances I was wary of what happened against Clyde the last time out when we opened up too much and paid the price.”

“We talked about that before the game and the players again showed what a good group they are as they obviously listened and acted on what they had been told. We got the penalty when Andy McCarthy was brought down after a clever turn in their box and after what happened at Forfar the other week I looked at Derek Lyle on the bench and said I wish you were playing!”

“I did not have to worry as Scott Brown played a captain’s part by taking responsibility and slotting home from 12 yards. Hamish then added the second but of course nothing is ever straightforward and Jason Brown got sent off.”

“In terms of the two offences I cannot say that he did not deserve two yellow cards all I would say is that a Clyde player raked his studs down Jason’s leg in the first offence and a lot of people believed that was a sending off offence so Jason does have a degree of sympathy.”

“Two nil with just over 20 minutes left can be an awkward position to be in if you lose a goal so we had to make a change. Bring Andy McDonald on was an easy goal however taking Andy McCarthy off wasn’t. He was playing well, as usual, however he had been booked and we could not risk going down to nine.”

“Hamish then got the third goal and I was delighted for him and the team. it was quite a special moment and we have to thank Inverurie Locos for loaning him to us.”

Jim added: “We are almost there in terms of the objectives we set ourselves but it is not a case of scrapping for survival as I am looking forward to seeing us play in the final three games.”