ando2

GOALSCORER Grant Anderson has urged his team-mates to build on an impressive opening day draw with Raith Rovers.


The Blues bounced back from trailing at the break against the Kirkcaldy side to take a point and were perhaps unlucky not to take all three.

This Saturday sees Stranraer on the road and a trip to Arbroath, who were the big winners on the opening day of the league, with a 4-0 demolition of Angus rivals Montrose.

Anderson said: “We showed what we were all about against Motherwell and the other two results (against Clyde and Edinburgh City) let us down.

“We were not happy with those two results and probably should have done better.

“Again, as the manager says, Raith are going to be there or thereabouts come the end of the season.

raith 20180804 006 g1

“It is a really good point to start the season off with and we need to build from this.

“We should have built from the Motherwell game but we took a few steps back.

“We need to build from this game forward and we need to kick ourselves on and perform and go forward.”

The 31-year-old has proven a useful weapon for Stevie Farrell over the past eight months.

With options up front limited at times, Anderson has stepped up to lead the line and fire home some important goals.

glenavon 006

With Isaac Layne missing through injury, Anderson was again selected to play up front alongside Luke Donnelly.

And despite admitting his style is unconventional, the former Raith Rovers man is currently the Blues' top scorer in all competitions, having netted 3 goals in as many games.

He said: “As you saw, playing up front I was running about a bit like a burst hose pipe.

“I had tired myself out come 75 minutes but that is the difference from playing on the wing where you can play for 20 minutes without touching the ball whereas up front you are always moving.

“If Luke Donnelly goes to press the full back, I have to drop in, and it works the opposite way.

“You are constantly moving, constantly chasing and pressing defenders if you are doing it properly.

raith 20180804 010

“I can look back and say I am disappointed that I did not last the 90 minutes but it was 75 minutes of solid running I was really doing whereas if I am on the wing then I can get five, ten, fifteen minute breathers if it is all going down the one side.

“When you are playing up front, you are always expected to be involved, people are always looking for your runs.

“You are more involved and I do enjoy it a lot more because if you make a mistake you get to rectify it ten, fifteen, twenty seconds later.”

Photos: Bill McCandlish, Stranraer FC

SPFL 3L1 6474

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)