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STEVIE Farrell is urging his players to rise to the occasion once again when Partick Thistle visit Stair Park for the first time in more than a decade.

Stranraer have been at their best this season when they have come up against big challenges.

A battling display against Queen of the South ended in defeat but a penalty shootout win over Motherwell caught the eye before a draw with one of the favourites for League One, Raith Rovers.

Ahead of the midweek clash, the Stranraer manager said: “It is arguably the toughest test we could have got.

“We got drawn against probably the highest ranked team who are looking for promotion back to the Premiership but we are looking forward to it.

“I think this team revels playing against better sides.

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"The tougher the side - Motherwell, Queen of the South, Partick Thistle – the players enjoy it.”

One player who will be hoping to enjoy tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s clash with the Jags is Isaac Layne.

The frontman has not featured in the league this campaign due to a knee injury.

Farrell spoke to the club website as the 23 year old was undergoing a fitness test.

The manager said: “He broke down in the warm up on Saturday.

“He was on the bench but he was not available.

“We are hopeful of getting him through a session tonight.

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“It is just a recurrence of the knee injury and, obviously, we are monitoring it.”

Layne was the only absentee against Arbroath on Saturday, with the Angus outfit ending up 3-1 winners, with two goals in the last 15 minutes.

Dick Campbell’s men had 15 shots on target, compared to Stranraer’s three but Farrell felt there were plenty of positives to take from the defeat.

The manager added: “I have read since the weekend that Arbroath were X, Y and Z.

“They are a strong, strong side and we expected that.

“I thought on the counter attack we were excellent and could have scored in the first half.

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“Grant Anderson had more time than he thinks and if he takes another touch he can stick it in the net.

“Then, on 70 minutes, we get an excellent chance when Grant is clean through.

“A bit more composure and he rolls it to Kyle Turner.

“They are fine margins and if we had scored either it could have been a completely different game.”

Last meeting
Partick Thistle 1-0 Stranraer
Saturday 29 July 2017

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A LATE goal from Christie Elliott gave Partick all three points against plucky Stranraer.

Two divisions separated the two sides but Stranraer matched their opposition for much of the game, with Stephen Okoh handed his first start. The frontman worked hard on his own and stung the palms of Tomas Cerny after just two minutes.

Jamie Hamill tested the goalkeeper after the break, with Blair Spittal and Chris Erskine coming close at the other end.

With time ticking away and both sets of fans considering the prospect of a penalty shootout, the goal came. The ball bobbled around in the Stranraer box and Elliott was in the right place to smash it home.

Partick Thistle: Cerny, Booth, Devine, Osman, Spittal, Bannigan (Edwards 69), Erskine, Lawless (McLaughlin 80), Barton, Elliott, Nisbet (Doolan 53).
Not used: Keown, Penrice, McCarthy and Scully.

Stranraer: Currie, Robertson, Dick, Barron, Neill, Hamill, Bell, Anderson (Woods 61), Turner (Stoney 83), Thomson, Okoh (Agnew 74).
Not used: McGowan, Simpson, Holland and McLaren.

Last five meetings

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- Partick Thistle 1 Stranraer 0 (Elliott) at Firhill Stadium on July 29, 2017Partick Thistle 1 Stranraer 0 (Elliott) at Firhill Stadium on July 29, 2017
- Partick Thistle 1 Stranraer 2 (Roberts; Ross and Hamilton) at Firhill Stadium on May 6, 2006
- Stranraer 1 Partick Thistle 3 (Swift; McCulloch and Roberts x2 (Pen x1)) at Stair Park on May 3, 2006
- Stranraer 3 Partick Thistle 4 (Harty and Walker x2; McNally, Elliot, McLean and McGrillen) at Stair Park on April 28, 2001
- Partick Thistle 3 Stranraer 0 (Hardie, Smith and Lennon) at Firhill Stadium on February 24, 2001

Stranraer's last five games

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LOSS v Arbroath (A): 3-1 (Donnelly)
DRAW v Raith Rovers (H): 1-1 (Anderson)
LOSS v Edinburgh City (A): 4-2 (Cummins and Anderson)
LOSS v Clyde (H): 1-3 (Anderson)
WIN v Motherwell (H): 1-1 (Stranraer win 3-2 on penalties) (Layne)

Partick Thistle's last five games

WIN v Falkirk (H): 2-1 (Penrice and Erskine)WIN v Falkirk (H): 2-1 (Penrice and Erskine)
LOSS v Ayr United (A): 2-0
LOSS v Ayr United (H): 0-2
WIN v Albion Rovers (A): 0-2 (Storey and Fitzpatrick)
WIN v Greenock Morton (H): 2-1 (Storer and Penrice)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Arbroath: Currie, Cummins, Hamill (Lamont 79), McDonald, D Smith, McGowan, Turner, McManus (Ashmore 82), I Smith (Elliott 70), Donnelly, Anderson.
Not used: Avci, Brownlie, Layne, Lidington.

Partick Thistle lineup v Falkirk: Bell, Elliott, O’Ware, McGinty, Penrice, Slater, Erskine (Wilson 89), Gordon, Storer (Doolan 66), Spittal (Fitzpatrick 83), Storey.Bell, Elliott, O’Ware, McGinty, Penrice, Slater, Erskine (Wilson 89), Gordon, Storer (Doolan 66), Spittal (Fitzpatrick 83), Storey.
Not used: Keown, Melbourne and Sneddon.

Referee

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FEBRUARY was the last time Alan Newlands took charge of a fixture involving Stranraer - a game the home side would probably like to forget.

Cameron MacPherson’s stunning opener was cancelled out by former Blue Ryan Wallace, who scored from the penalty spot six minutes before the break.

Michael McKenna put Arbroath in front two minutes after the restart and that man Wallace scored a second penalty just after the hour mark. Danny Denholm completed the scoring late on to give Dick Campbell’s men a comfortable win.

It will be the first time he has taken charge of a game involving the visitors from Firhill.

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 17 45
2 Raith Rovers 17 32
3 East Fife 17 26
4 Forfar Athletic 17 24
5 Montrose 17 21
6 Airdrieonians 17 20
7 Stranraer 16 20
8 Dumbarton 17
18
9 Brechin City 16 16
10 Stenhousemuir 17 15


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)
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)