Manager McInally – Players deserve credit for their patience

Oct 18, 2021

Peterhead manager Jim McInally has praised his team for being patient as they looked to get ahead in the second half against Alloa at the weekend. The sides were level at the break however the Wasps were down to ten men, after their goalkeeper David Hutton had been dismissed, and the Balmoor manager told his troops not to go gung-ho as they looked to get in front in the second 45 minutes.

Jim said: “As much as I was disappointed with the way we were pegged back to 2-2 seconds after going ahead, and Alloa having a player sent off, I was pleased with the attitude of the boys after the break.”

“I knew at half-time that to give us the best chance of winning I had to get another attacker on and one defender off. I substituted Russell McLean on for David McDonald and the only reason that David was chosen was because he had been booked.”

“It was not a punishment for being booked but all it would have taken would have been one mistimed challenge and it would have been ten versus ten. Russell was asked to make an impact and he did however he was not alone as the rest of the team stayed patient.”

Jim added: “When I made the change, I told the players to be patient as a chance would come. I told them to keep possession and when they could to get crosses into the box. They did that for nearly the first 15 minutes of the second half and that allowed us to build some pressure which resulted in the corner that Russell scored from.”

A fourth goal arrived just before the end from Josh Mulligan following a flowing move with Jim saying: “Josh was unplayable in the second half as were a lot of the boys. When you consider how young a side we are, it was great to see so many of them playing the right way in the second half to get the win.”