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PETERHEAD 3 MONTROSE 0

After seeing his side move to the top of the table with a comprehensive 3-0 win Montrose, Jim McInally was full of praise for his strikers, although he conceded that managing the mercurial talents of Rory McAllister and Andy Rodgers can be a frustrating task.

McAllister played a key role, earning and netting the free-kick that opened the scoring with 25 minutes remaining. Rodgers was immediately replaced by Fraser McLaren, and he would extend the lead from McAllister's pass before turning provider for McAllister to round out the scoring with ten minutes remaining. The Blue Toon boss said "Those two drive you potty because between Rory and Andy, they were just having one of those days. You stand there and know that one of them is likely to do something. Rory and Andy have worked really hard and the defence would be tired with playing against them.

"The really good thing for me is that you can throw Fraser into the equation, and he went on and obviously had a big impact. Fraser went on and used his pace and caused them a lot of problems. It's good for me that I've got those three at the moment.

"Rory's free-kick is something that we get onto him about. He's a hell of a boy for swerving and bending them, and he doesn't put his laces through them often enough. It was a terrific free-kick, and after that went in you could see that we were confident. That's the name of the game.

Rory celebrates his second goal

"Once we got the goal, you could see the confidence and it was a pleasing result in the end."

McInally was keen to point out the positives of his side's performance, but tempered that with a degree of caution.

"I thought the first 20-25 minutes we played really well and were well in control," he continued. "We lost our way a wee bit and up until we got the goal, Montrose had come back into the game.

"I'm quite critical of our general play today. We could have passed it better; we were looking to much for the killer ball when we could have kept a wee bit of posession."

"Teams find it hard to open us up. We lose a lot of goals from set-pieces and from shots that come from outside the box, but generally we work really hard for each other and we're a hard team to open up. I was really pleased with that again today."

On hitting the heights of the top of the table, the manager was keen to stress that it is a temporary placing. With next Saturday's hosts, Clyde, facing Annan on Tuesday, one of the two will leapfrog Peterhead regardless of the result.

He hopes, though, that a brief stay at the top will help his side build confidence.

"It's a nice place to be considering where we've been. To go from fifth to first could only happen in this league. I'm pleased for the players, and hopefully it gives them a bit of confidence.

"The teams around us all play on Tuesday night so we'll find ourselves back down again.

"We've got players coming back and even Ryan Strachan getting half an hour today was a big bonus. Hopefully everything stays OK and we keep our discipline. We've recovered well from a ropey start and got ourselves in the pack, and hopefully we can keep ourselves there."

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