Match Preview – Dumbarton v Peterhead – The more the merrier

Apr 9, 2022

Peterhead manager Jim McInally has told his players that they will need to play differently if they are going to get the same result they have enjoyed against Falkirk and Clyde in their last two outings.

Wins over the Bairns and the Bully Wee have seen the Blue Toon keep the ninth placed Sons at bay and open up an 11-point gap on tenth placed East Fife with Clyde and Alloa now within two points.

Balmoor boss McInally said: “When you look at the table Clyde and Alloa have potentially pulled back into things and it is a case of the more the merrier for me. We need to look up ahead of these final four big games especially If we can win at Dumbarton.”

“It is good to have won a couple on the bounce but we need to keep going. I am also pleased that we have picked up rewards for being brave on the ball and keeping on playing in the right way but this will be a very different game to the last two I would imagine.”

“From what I have been told there is very little grass on the Dumbarton pitch. That makes passing the ball more difficult and does not allow you a lot of time when defending as all you want to do is ensure that the ball stays away from your goal.”

“We will need to stand up to a different challenge and do the dirty side of the game well. If we do that then we will be okay.”

Jim believes that he has the squad to cope with a differing approach as he explained: “It was pleasing against Clyde that even though we did not have Andy McDonald’s physical presence and power at the back Jason Brown and Shaun Want were excellent.”

“We will need them and everyone to be strong as it is going to be a tough, tough game as they will be coming into it on a high as well after their injury time 3-2 success last weekend. I knew Dumbarton were winning 2-1 so I did not know about Alloa’s equaliser and then another Dumbarton goal until after our game at Clyde had finished. “

“Having nine substitutes available is a good place to be especially when you consider how we have been hit by injuries at times this season. Having a look across all those faces when you are thinking of a change is good.”

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David Wilson continues to be absent due to a foot injury and he looks set to be joined on the side-lines by Andrew McDonald with Gary Fraser and Russell McLean also nursing injuries.

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