40a Airdrieonians W

STRANRAER have been urged to cut out their inconsistencies or risk missing out on the playoffs.
 
Stevie Farrell's men have dropped 13 points from winning positions in the league this season; a figure which would put them comfortably clear in third spot.
 
Those inconsistencies reared their head again on Saturday, with the Blues seemingly well on their way to three points against Albion Rovers only for the visitors to comeback and take the win, despite trailing 2-0 at half time.
 
The manager said: "It is frustrating because it is nothing to do with not warning the players.

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"We speak to them, we coach them and we have thrown so many points like that away this season.
 
"We have thrown so many points away like that this season, which is extremely disappointing.
 
"When you watch us in the first half, we look like a top four side but then, in the second half, we look like a bottom four side.
 
"That is the frustration."
 
Kyle Turner's quickfire double seemed to ensure the Blues were going to make it back to back home wins.

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The midfielder took his tally to five for the campaign - his best in a Stranraer shirt - but the Blues could have been even further in front.
 
Stephen Okoh, Grant Anderson and Dean Hawkshaw all had chances to extend the advantage in the first half.
 
Farrell said: "In the first half, we were excellent and probably unfortunate only to be two in front.

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"Some of our play was exceptional and we were so far in front.
 
"We said to them at half time that you do not get any pats on the back, you do not get any well done stickers after 45 minutes in a game of football.
 
"We knew that they being 2-0 down, if you are in a dressing room, manager or a player, you know that you are going to come out with some sort of reaction.
 
"They did that and we had warned them about matching that and we never did.

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"We never matched it at all, never played with any intensity in the second half and didn't manage the game."
 
Now, attention turns to a trip to Airdrie.

Morgyn Neill is set to return from suspension to bolster the Blues defence, as Stranraer return to a ground where they have won just twice.
 
One of those came last season, when Ryan Thomson scored the winner in a 2-1 victory and Farrell will be hoping the Blues can match that feat on Tuesday evening.

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The manager said: "I'm delighted we have got a game on Tuesday night and then Queen's Park on Saturday.
 
"We will look to Tuesday night and try to get back to winning ways, if we can."


Last meeting
Stranraer 3-2 Airdrieonians
13 January 2018

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A FIVE-game winless streak was ended in exhilarating fashion as Stranraer recovered from a dreadful start to pick up three points.

New signings Ross Lyon and Dylan Dykes were named on the home bench but it was two new faces in the Airdrie lineup that caught the eye early doors. Darryl Duffy combined with fellow new boy Dale Carrick and the former Livingston frontman finished past Cameron Belford with just 78 seconds on the clock.

Stranraer would ride their luck in the early stages before levelling through Stephen Okoh's first goal at Stair Park. David Brownlie's backpass to Rohan Ferguson was awkward and when Okoh blocked an attempted clearance, the ball trickled into the net.

Okoh then doubled his tally when he finished smartly from the edge of the box. If home fans thought the Blues were on their way to an easy three points, they were brought back down to earth just three minutes later. Ryan Thomson was robbed of the ball and Willis Furtado powered through to score on his final Airdrie appearance.

The breathless encounter was finally settled 15 minutes from time. On this occasion, Okoh turned provider in nodding down a Dykes cross, with Angus Beith in the right place to fire home.
 
Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Neill, McGowan, Hamill, Woods (Lyon 71), Anderson (Dykes 71), Turner, Beith, Thomson, Okoh (Agnew 76).
Not used: Scott, Gray, Holland and McLaren.
 
Airdrieonians: Ferguson, Stewart, MacDonald, McGregor, Brownlie, Watt (Cairns 77), Furtado, McIntosh, Duffy, Carrick (Fry 81), Hastie (Russell 77).
Not used: Edwards, Higgins, Brown and Kerr.

Last five meetings

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- 3-2 (Okoh x2 and Beith; Carrick and Furtado) at Stair Park on January 13, 2018
- 2-0 (Conroy x2) at Excelsior Stadium on November 11, 2017
- 3-1 (Anderson x2 and Agnew (P); Furtado) at Stair Park on September 9, 2017
- 3-1 (Russell x2 and Ryan; Robertson) at Excelsior Stadium on July 18, 2017
- 2-1 (McGuigan and Turner; Ryan) at Stair Park on April 15, 2017

Stranraer's last five games

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LOSS v Albion Rovers (H): 2-3 (Turner x2)
WIN v Alloa Athletic (H): 1-0 (Lyon)
LOSS v Arbroath (H): 1-4 (MacPherson)
LOSS v Forfar Athletic (A): 5-1 (Woods)
LOSS v East Fife (H): 0-2

Airdrieonians' last five games


LOSS v East Fife (A): 2-1 (Higgins)
LOSS v Ayr United (A): 3-0
WIN v Queen's Park (H): 2-1 (Brownlie and Duffy (Pen))
LOSS v Raith Rovers (A): 2-1 (Carrick)
WIN v Forfar Athletic (A): 0-1 (Carrick)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Albion Rovers: Currie, Robertson, McGowan, Lyon (Woods 73), Hamill, Hawkshaw (Elliott 87), Anderson, Turner, Thomson, Dykes, Okoh (Agnew 73).
Not used: Simpson, Scott, Gray and McLaren.

Airdrieonians lineup v East Fife: Muir, Higgins, MacDonald, McGregor, Cairns, Edwards (Duffy 73), Stewart, R Brown (Conroy 67), Russell, Carrick, A Brown (Hastie (67).
Not used: O'Neil, Brownlie, Fry and Ferguson.

Referee

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You have to go right back to almost the very start of the season for the last time John McKendrick took charge of a Stranraer game.

The Blues faced Livingston in the Betfred Cup and started promisingly with Morgyn Neill scoring against his former club. Scott Robertson's own goal levelled things before Dale Carrick - now of Airdrie - put the Lions in front. Scott Agnew quickly levelled from the penalty spot but Livingston proved too strong after the break with Nikolay Todorov and Scott Robinson on target.

In terms of an away tie, you need to go all the way back to February 2015 when Declan McManus and Mark Russell ensured Greenock Morton picked up all three points.

His last tie involving Airdrie came at the beginning of the year when he took charge of the North Lanarkshire derby with Albion Rovers. The spoils were shared on that occasion with Alan Trouten opening the scoring only for Willis Furtado and Dean Cairns scoring to seemingly wrap up the win. However, Scott McLaughlin's last minute equaliser ensured it finished 2-2.

The last Airdrie home game Mr McKendrick took charge of was in May 2017 against Queen's Park. Again, there were plenty of goals, with Dario Zanatta putting the visitors in front only for Andy Ryan to have the Diamonds in the lead. Kalvin Orsi equalised but Iain Russell scored minutes later to make it 3-2.

Admission

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Set your sat nav for ML6 8QZ.

Entry prices at Excelsior Stadium are as follows:

Adult £16, Concessions £10, Child (under 16) £7, Parent and Child £20.

Coverage

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And finally...

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With only 3 home games remaining, we return to Stair Park again on Saturday to face Queen's Park.

Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish.

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 10 24
2 Raith Rovers 10 20
3 East Fife 10 19
4 Airdrieonians 10 13
5 Brechin City 10 13
6 Stranraer 10 12
7 Forfar Athletic 10 12
8 Stenhousemuir 10
9
9 Dumbarton 10 8
10 Montrose 10 8


Fixtures

2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andy 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 (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
19 - Ciaran Diver (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)