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MIDFIELDER Connor McManus is refusing to get too downhearted after Stranraer slipped to their first league defeat of the season.

The Blues were defeated by East Fife last weekend and dropped down to seventh in the table, one point behind this weekend’s opponents Brechin City.

McManus, who moved to Stair Park from the Fifers, was confident his new side could get back on track and there was no need to hit the panic button.

He said: “You look at East Fife and they struggled in their first few games.

“All of a sudden, they have picked up a few wins and look where it can take you.

“It was the same with us last week, to be fair.

“It is nothing to panic about.

“We are a young side and there are going to be times in the season when we are going to go on a wee run and maybe have a wee dip here and there but that is just the way it is going to be, I think.”

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It is a tight and congested league after seven fixtures played.

Stranraer sit very much in the middle of the pack and are just two points off third place.

Similarly, they are just two points off the bottom, with the end of the first quarter coming next weekend against Stevie Aitken’s Dumbarton side, who are level on points with Stranraer.

McManus said: “We won against Stenhousemuir and came into the East Fife game on a high but the East Fife result does not really change things.

“In this league in particular, you can win two, draw two, lose one – it's just kind of the way it works.

“Particularly, with a younger team like us.”

The former Celtic youngster has enjoyed his time with Stevie Farrell and the rest of the squad so far.

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The 22-year-old has featured in each of the club’s games so far this season, one of only four players to achieve that feat.

However, he was disappointed with the team’s result against the Fifers, particularly after taking seven points from a possible nine at home previously.

He said: “It was very disappointing.

“I think, particularly at home, the manager was keen on us making this a hard place to come.

“To be fair, up until now we had done that but I think we ran out of ideas and lost bad goals.

“We never really got going and never really created the chances that merited getting anything.

“To be fair, I don’t think they cut us open either.

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“It was one of those games where a set piece was going to decide it, which it did.

“We will take it, move on and, hopefully, bounce back next week.”

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1 Raith Rovers 16 31
2 Airdrieonians 16 29
3 Falkirk 16 27
4 East Fife 16 26
5 Montrose 16 23
6 Dumbarton 16 21
7 Peterhead 16 19
8 Clyde 16 18
9 Forfar Athletic 16 15
10 Stranraer 16 10


2019/20 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Scott Robertson (DEF)
3 - Jordan Allan (DEF)
4 - Adam Cummins (DEF)
5 - Lee Hamilton (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - James Hilton (MID)
8 - Grant Gallagher (MID)
10 - Leon Murphy (MID)
11 - Ian Smith (MID)
12 - Carlo Pignatiello (MID)
14 - Cameron Elliott (STR)
15 - Robert Jones (STR)

17 - David Smith (DEF)
18 - David Dangana (STR)
21 - Dale Burgess (GK)
22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Ryan Thomson (MID)
77 - Andy Stirling (MID)