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IF A week is a long time in football, then a fortnight must be a very, very long time.

Three weeks ago, Stranraer fans were counting players out the door and looking nervously over their shoulders.

However, back to back wins have left the Blues an equal distance off the top spot as they are from the bottom.

Despite the victories over Airdrie and table toppers Raith, Scott Robertson is not looking beyond Saturday's trip to Albion Rovers.

He said: "We've not really spoken about the table, to be honest.

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"Everything has kind of been up in the air.

"Obviously, no one wants to say that we just want to avoid relegation and nobody wants to say we are good enough to reach the playoffs.

"We are just going to take it a game at a time and see what happens.

"That is us got Raith out of the road and we have not got Ayr for a long time, so, we are going into six, seven, eight games that there is a good chance of picking up more points.

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"Or you would like to think if you are going to be challenging for the playoffs that we would be picking up more points.

"We will just take it one game at a time and see where we end up."

The start of January saw the departure of top scorer Ryan Wallace and Robertson's defensive colleague Liam Dick, as well as Tom Lang and Danny Stoney.

Club captain Steven Bell also departed for Ayr United, with the captain's armband passed on to 30 year old Robertson.

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The departures have led to an increasingly youthful looking Stranraer team, with 21 year old Morgyn Neill and 19 year old Chris McGowan joining Jamie Hamill and Robertson in defence.

Speaking at full time after the win over Raith Rovers, Robertson said: "There's a right fearlessness about the youngsters.

"Sometimes that's good, but sometimes - when you are winning 1-0 with ten minutes to go and everybody is just going all over the place - you think 'Jesus, any chance of one of you just sitting a bit!'

"We could have probably scored a couple more goals.

"Ryan Thomson has had one cleared off the line, Angus Beith has had a couple of half chances but I think if we keep playing like that and keep going forward the way the young boys are going, there will be more goals."

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 3 7
2 Airdrieonians 3 6
3 Montrose 3 6
4 Raith Rovers 3 5
5 Dumbarton 3 4
6 Forfar Athletic 3 4
7 Brechin City 3 3
8 Stenhousemuir 3
3
9 Stranraer 3 2
10 East Fife 3 1


Fixtures

2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andrew McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
9 - Isaac Layne (STR)

10 - Luke Donnelly (STR)
11 - Grant Anderson (MID/STR)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
15 - Sam Lidington (DEF)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (DEF/MID)
22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)