League Two side Peterhead head into this afternoon’s Irn-Bru Cup match against Inverness without any pressure, according to the Blue Toon’s boss, Jim McInally.
Speaking on Tuesday about his sides trip to the Tulloch Caledonian Stadium, the 53-year-old told jordanburtfootball.com:
“I am just delighted we are playing, to be honest. To be playing in a game we are expected, will be a little bit refreshing for the players. I know we have had it a few times this season in the BetFred Cup, but, it is a game we know we can have a go in without any pressure – unlike next weekend when we play Colville Park in the Scottish Cup. The pressure will be off the players and they can have a free go at it to a certain extent and I just hope we make a good account of ourselves.”
Peterhead have already faced Championship opposition this term in the BetFred Cup, when they faced Dunfermline Athletic.
“When you look at Dunfermline, even on Saturday, I felt it was a bit of a harsh result for them, they have been different class attacking wise; when they beat us, I was raving about them a bit but I am glad they have justified my praise as it hasn’t just been us they have given a hiding to this season so far. Inverness is a completely different comparison. They are going into the game on Saturday on the back of a run of poor results – they were expected to be in the same area as Dunfermline are currently in the league – and now they are playing a team they are expected to win against and win comfortably. If we can go there and frustrate them for a while, we know we have got players that can do some damage: to the same token, they will be thinking that this is a game in which they can turn their season around as a win would boost their confidence so we need to be wary of that.”
This will be only the fourth meeting between the two sides, with Inverness boasting all 3 victories in the previous encounters.
“If we win on Saturday, I think it would reaffirm our confidence within ourselves; we have shown in big games this year how good we are and that we can compete. We have even beaten East Fife, a team a division higher, twice already this season in cup competition, so, I think what I want out of Saturday and the following week is to get back to winning ways as prior to the Berwick match, we had been on a good run. We need to get a couple of good performances under our belts over the next two weeks and head into the Clyde game in top shape and ready to get our season back underway again as ultimately, the league is what our season is all about.”