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NINE league games remain for Stranraer this season as they attempt to retain League One status.

Brechin City and Stenhousemuir are currently below the Blues in the table, with Stevie Farrell’s men facing both over the next week.

While Stranraer were suffering late heartbreak at Bayview Stadium, Barry Smith’s Brechin were picking up a point at home to Forfar while Stenhousemuir were picking up all three at Arbroath.

It’s a big week and PJ Crossan is calling on the team to do everything they can to ensure the next seven days are memorable for all the right reasons.

Brechin are the visitors to Stair Park on Tuesday before Farrell and the team head to Ochilview on Saturday.

Crossan said: “Those results make Tuesday even bigger now and Saturday as well.

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“We need to go out on the front foot and that is the way we should be going into every game – not going into games to try to hang on or nick something.

“We should be going into games, with the quality we have in the changing room, to play, defend properly as a team, take chances and we should be looking to be on the front foot.

“Chris Aitken (assistant manager) has said it is like nine cup finals and he is right.

“We need to be ready for every game.

“Nobody wants to get relegated.

“There are young players in the dressing room, like myself, and the boys on loan, you don’t want to go back to your parent club and you’ve been relegated or you are out of contract and you have been relegated.

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“It is a massive nine games.”

Stranraer looked set for a point at East Fife yesterday (Saturday), with Kyle Turner cancelling out Pat Slattery’s second half opener.

However, a disputed corner as the game headed towards injury time saw Liam Watt find the net before Scott Linton scored in injury time to ensure it was three points for the promotion play-off chasing Fifers.

Crossan, who came off the bench on Saturday to make his first appearance for the Blues since February 16, felt the team had to do better at both ends – regardless of whether the referee made the correct decision.

The 20-year-old said: “I don’t know whether it was a corner or not, I didn’t see it.

“As a team, we need to defend the corner better once it is given.

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“Referees are going to make mistakes – whether it was a corner or whether it was not – but we need to make sure as a team that we defend it.

“The same with going forward, we had a couple of chances, good chances, that we did not take.

“We are not giving ourselves much of a chance if we are not scoring good chances and not defending properly.

“The full season, we have played good football and had good chances but we don’t seem to be taking them.

“Then we get punished for every mistake we make and we need to be doing better.

“We need to be scoring and defending as a team.”

Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish
We're back at Stair Park for a midweek match with Brechin City on Tuesday night.

Kickoff is 7.45pm, and normal league entry prices apply.

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Raith Rovers 7 15
2 East Fife 7 15
3 Falkirk 7 14
4 Forfar Athletic 7 10
5 Airdrieonians 7 10
6 Dumbarton 7 10
7 Clyde 7 9
8 Peterhead 7 9
9 Stranraer 7 4
10 Montrose 7 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)
77 - Andy Stirling (MID)