stair park night 4

CONSISTENCY has been Stranraer’s Achilles heel this campaign but Stevie Farrell is calling for another good performance tomorrow (Tuesday).

The Blues welcome Stenhousemuir to Stair Park on the back of a 2-1 win away to Brechin City on Saturday.

That ended an unwanted six game winless streak and Farrell wants to see his team rise to the occasion again.

He said: “I’ve spoken about consistency all season.

“Saturday was an important game and we went and took care of that.

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“Stenhousemuir is a different game.

“It is an evening game under the floodlights and normally you get players who love playing at night.

“The last midweek game was against Arbroath and we were excellent.

“Hopefully, we replicate that performance and Saturday’s performance.

“If we do and play the way we did, we give ourselves a chance of getting something from the game.”

The hosts will again be without Ian Smith, Christopher McGowan and PJ Crossan through injury for the visit of Colin McMenamin’s Stenhousemuir.

However, they are boosted by the return of Andy McDonald, who missed the trip to Brechin through suspension and will then miss the visit of Raith Rovers this weekend as he completes the two-game ban.

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McMenamin’s men have picked up two victories in their last four games and Farrell was anticipating a hard-fought game.

He said: “Stenhousemuir have recruited well in January and Colin has come in and given them something different.

“He has his own ideas and they have had a bit of a lift.

“We know we are in for a difficult game, there is nothing much between the teams; there is nothing much between Stenhousemuir and Arbroath.

“The difference between the teams at the top and bottom are two things: strength in depth and consistency.

“On any given day, anybody can take points off anybody.

“We know we are in for a difficult game and Stenhousemuir know they are in for a difficult game.”

Goals from Innes Cameron, who is now the club’s clear second top scorer for the season, and Jamie Hamill saw the Blues pick up all three points.

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At full time, Farrell crossed the Glebe Park pitch to thank the travelling fans for their support.

He said: “I just think the fans are so, so important, particularly in 2019.

“Social media is very much alive and players being players are very active and read it and possibly comment on it.

“They let it get to them and also take praise from it when reading these things about themselves or about the team.

“It can be hard.

“The fans there on Saturday travelled all the way to Brechin and travelled all the way to Arbroath and they have been excellent – absolutely phenomenal.

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“Hearing them on Saturday encouraging the team, it was all about encouragement.

“The players will need them between now and the end of the season.

“I was thanking the fans, not for me but for the players.”

Last meeting
Stenhousemuir 0-2 Stranraer
3 November 2018

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STEVIE Farrell returned to Ochilview and left with three points in November.

Stranraer had chances in the first half but it was not until the second half that the deadlock was broken. Grant Anderson had a couple of the Stranraer chances in the first 45 minutes and opened the scoring just 90 seconds into the second half. He collected a ball from PJ Crossan and cut inside before firing beyond Graeme Smith.

Stenhousemuir tried to get back into the game but their chances suffered a real blow with 72 minutes played. The Blues attempted to break away but Anderson was brought down by Alan Cook, with referee Gavin Ross showing a red card.

The score remained 1-0 until late on when PJ Crossan fired home. David and Ian Smith linked up well before Crossan’s deflected effort beat Smith.

Stenhousemuir: G Smith, Donaldson, Neill, Ferry (McMenamin 89), Dickson, McBrearty, Paton (Ross 89), McGuigan, Duthie (Vaughan 89), Cook, O’Hara.
Not used: Reid, Tena, Halleran and McMinn.

Stranraer: Currie, Higgins, McDonald, Brownlie (Lamont 79), D Smith, Hamill, Cummins, Turner, Anderson (Cameron 79), Donnelly (I Smith 88), Crossan.
Not used: McGowan, Ashmore, Diver and Avci.
 
Last five meetings

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Stenhousemuir 0 Stranraer 2 (Anderson and Crossan) at Ochilview Park on November 3, 2018
Stranraer 2 Stenhousemuir 0 (Turner and Cameron) at Stair Park on September 15, 2018
Stranraer 3 Stenhousemuir 0 (Agnew, Thomson and Kassarate) at Stair Park on April 1, 2017
Stenhousemuir 1 Stranraer 0 (Millar) at Ochilview Park on January 14, 2017
Stranraer 3 Stenhousemuir 1 (Bell, Thomson and Nuttall; Roy) at Stair Park on November 19, 2016

Last five games

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Stranraer

WIN v Brechin City (A): 1-2 (Cameron and Hamill)
LOSS v Dumbarton (H): 0-3 
DRAW v Arbroath (A): 1-1 (Turner)
LOSS v East Fife (H): 3-4 (Anderson, Cameron and Victoria)
LOSS v Partick Thistle (A): 4-1 (Crossan)

Stenhousemuir

LOSS v Forfar Athletic (A): 2-1 (Hurst)
WIN v Montrose (H): 1-0 (Hurst)
LOSS v Aberdeen (H): 1-4 (Munro)
WIN v Airdrieonians (H): 1-0 (Halleran)
DRAW v Aberdeen (A): 1-1 (McGuigan)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Brechin City: Currie, Brownlie, D Smith, Hamill, Cummins, McManus, Turner, McCann, Anderson, Elliott (Victoria 82), Cameron.
Not used: O’Keefe, Lamont and Avci.

Stenhousemuir lineup v Forfar Athletic: G Smith, Reid, Donaldson (Gibbons 74), Marsh, Munro, Ferry (Duthie 62), McBrearty, McGuigan, Cook, Dingwall (Watters 87), Hurst.
Not used: Halleran, Dickson and McMinn.

Referee

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LLOYD Wilson visited Stair Park earlier this year when Montrose were the visitors.

Two Martin Rennie penalties in the opening 16 minutes put the visitors well on top before Innes Cameron gave Stranraer hope after the break. Ultimately, the visitors would hold on for the three points.

Mr Wilson has taken charge of two Stenhousemuir games this campaign, with both taking place at Ochilview.

The last of those came in October last year with Forfar winning 2-1. Dylan Easton and John Baird scored before the break before former Stranraer man Morgyn Neill pulled one back.

Tomorrow (Tuesday) is the first time he has taken charge of an away tie featuring the Warriors.
 
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)