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DAVID Brownlie is tipping a combination of self belief, a little bit of luck and focus to be enough to see Stranraer put together a winning streak.

Brownlie, alongside Adam Cummins, was superb in Stranraer’s victory at Brechin City yesterday (Saturday) afternoon.

The three points came after the Blues went behind to Euan Smith’s strike, despite a promising opening half hour from the visitors.

Innes Cameron and Jamie Hamill found the target to turn the game round for Stevie Farrell’s team, who picked up their first three points of 2019.

Brownlie was keen to see the team build on the impressive performance with Stenhousemuir visiting Stair Park on Tuesday.

Speaking after yesterday's full time whistle, he said: “It’s a massive result, especially because Brechin are in the lower end of the table with us.

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“I think the results have gone our way today as well.

“If we win on Tuesday, it is another massive three points.

“Hopefully, we can get a winning streak going and take it from there and climb the table again.”

Stranraer came into the game in Angus without a win since before Christmas.

A disappointing defeat at home to Dumbarton gave home fans cause for concern but Farrell has continued to promote a positive mood in the Stranraer dressing room.

Brownlie felt it was something which rubbed off on the players.

The centre half said: “The manager is really positive and believes in us so much.

“I think that positivity, he is that sort of person, it showed in our performance today.

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“We believe in ourselves.

“If we get a winning run now and keep pushing from here, it shows we should be at the higher end of the table.

“Our first win of the new year and hopefully we can just push on from now.”

While Farrell’s positivity paid off, clearly, when the first whistle was blown, it was down to the players.

Brownlie was confident the team were good enough on the pitch and mentally to get the results needed to ensure League One football at Stair Park for another season.

The former Airdrie man said: “Believing in yourself is key – it is massive.

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“I said during the week that it is about mentality and if we have got a positive mentality then we can beat anybody in this league.

“We showed against Arbroath in the 1-1 draw, we were excellent against Arbroath.

“If we can do that week in, week out, who is to say we cannot do it against every single team, get three points and climb the table?

“Obviously, Arbroath are the league leaders.

“To put in a performance like we did against them, it just shows we can play against anybody.”

There are now a dozen games left this season and while the league title looks to be heading to Gayfield, there is plenty to play for throughout the league.

Brownlie’s attention is now firmly focused on the midweek clash with the Warriors, who narrowly lost to Forfar yesterday.

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The defender, who turned 22 earlier this month, said: “We just need to keep winning games.

“If we take each game at a time, every week, then we should keep pushing up the league.

“If we just focus on the game at hand, the game coming up, and just take it from there, pick up the three points and move on to the next game, hopefully, you will see us climbing the table.”

Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Falkirk 3 7
2 Raith Rovers 3 6
3 Forfar Athletic 2 6
4 Airdrieonians 3 6
5 Stranraer 3 4
6 Dumbarton 3 3
7 East Fife 2 2
8 Peterhead 3 2
9 Montrose 3 1
10 Clyde 3 1


Fixtures

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)
9 - Mark Stewart (STR)
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)