L31 Montrose W

POINTS not performances are the name of the game for Stranraer between now and the end of the season.

Stevie Farrell has been pleased with his side’s recent showings, although he wants a more clinical edge in front of goal.

However, ahead of the trip to Montrose, he told the official website: “I would rather we play the worst we have all season and win 1-0.

“I would rather we play the most horrible football that we have all season and win 1-0.

“I would take that right now.

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“Playing well and winning would be the absolute thing to dream of but we just need to make sure we win games of football.”

Stranraer’s bid to do that is not helped by their absence list.

Max Currie sits out the final game of a two-match ban but Adam Cummins has joined Ian Smith and Chris McGowan in being ruled out for the season.

Farrell’s men made the trip to Links Park in November and came away with a 1-1 draw.

Martin Rennie’s header seemed to be enough for the hosts but Jamie Hamill bundled the ball over the line deep into stoppage time to secure a point.

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The manager said: “We’ve never lost that belief in each other.

“That belief has kept us going and we are still in it, we are still fighting.

“If we win tomorrow, we go two points behind Montrose – that’s how tight the league is.

“We have proved we have got that belief in our locker.

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“We proved it against Arbroath as well.”

Stranraer dropped to ninth in the league following Tuesday’s defeat to Brechin City.

Andy Jackson scored a minute from time before former Blue Craig Thomson scored in stoppage time to see the Glebe Park side leapfrog their opponents.

Despite the blow of losing, Farrell said: “I think the performance was good.

“You are so disappointed with the result but people can be impetus to look at the result that the performance gets overlooked.

“We have got most possession and the chances we created were clear cut.

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“On another day, Joao Victoria scores; on another day, Innes Cameron scores; Kyle Turner has an opportunity as well.

“We created great chances.”

Last meeting
Stranraer 1-2 Montrose
5 January 2019

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TWO penalties in the first 16 minutes helped set Montrose on their way to three points.

Referee Lloyd Wilson pointed to the spot after David Brownlie brought down Craig Johnston. Martin Rennie stepped up to score from 12 yards and he was presented with an opportunity to do the same 12 minutes later.

Terry Masson was sent tumbling in the box by Adam Cummins and Rennie again beat Max Currie from the spot.

Stranraer pushed forward in an attempt to get something from the game and they got one back when Innes Cameron rounded Allan Fleming to score.

The Blues pushed for a leveller but Montrose held firm for another three points.

Stranraer: Currie, Higgins (Crossan 40), Brownlie, D Smith, Hamill, Cummins, McManus, Turner, Cameron, Lamont (Diver 87), Donnelly (Anderson 41).
Not used: McGowan, McDonald and Avci.

Montrose: Fleming, Steeves, Harrington, Dillon, I Campbell, Masson, Redman, Callaghan, Rennie (Antoniazzi 89), R Campbell (Webster 62), Johnston (Henderson 65).
Not used: Terrell, Macleod and Millar.

Last five meetings

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Stranraer 1 Montrose 2 (Cameron; Rennie (Pen x2) at Stair Park on January 5, 2019
Montrose 1 Stranraer 1 (Rennie; Hamill) at Links Park on November 17, 2018
Stranraer 2 Montrose 0 (Brownlie and Anderson) at Stair Park on August 25, 2018
Stranraer 3 Montrose 1 (Moore and Malcolm x2; Boyle) at Stair Park on March 17, 2012
Montrose 1 Stranraer 3 (Boyle; Winter x2 and Malcolm) at Links Park on January 7, 2012

Last five games

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LOSS v Brechin (H): 0-2
DRAW v Arbroath (H): 0-0
WIN v Stenhousemuir (A): 0-1 (Cameron)
LOSS v East Fife (A): 3-1 (Turner)
DRAW v Raith Rovers (H): 2-2 (Turner and Victoria)

Brechin City

WIN v Stenhousemuir (H): 2-0 (Masson and Rennie)
LOSS v Dumbarton (H): 1-3 (Dillon)
LOSS v Airdrieonians (A): 1-0
LOSS v Raith Rovers (A): 4-1 (Masson)
WIN v Forfar Athletic (H): 2-0 (Johnston and Rennie (P))

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Brechin City: Avci, McDonald, Brownlie, D Smith, Hamill, McManus, Turner, McCann, Anderson (O’Keefe 78), Cameron, Victoria (Crossan 69).
Not used: Elliott, Lamont and Brown.

Montrose lineup v Stenhousemuir: Fleming, Steeves, Bolochoweckyj, Dillon, I Campbell, Masson, Watson (Cregg 79), Redman, Antoniazzi (Milne 70), R Campbell (Rennie 70), Henderson.
Not used: Harrington, Webster, Callaghan and Matthews.

Scott Millar

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STRANRAER wrapped up the campaign at East Fife last season with Scott Millar the man in charge.

It was an eventful game with Scott Agnew putting the Blues 1-0 up in the first half. Grant Anderson’s quickfire double seemed to have the game wrapped up but Craig Watson and Jonathan Page ensured a nervy finish.

Mr Millar has visited Links Park this season. That came in October when Airdrie made the trip north, with a Darryl Duffy double putting the visitors 2-0 up before the break. There would be one more goal after the break and that came from a certain Joao Victoria.

Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish
The Blues are back in town on Saturday 6 April to take on Forfar Athletic.

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L32 Forfar W

SPFL 3L1 6474

1 Raith Rovers 28 53
2 Falkirk 28 52
3 Airdrieonians 28 48
4 Montrose 28 47
5 East Fife 28 45
6 Dumbarton 28 38
7 Clyde 28 34
8 Peterhead 27 26
9 Forfar Athletic 28 24
10 Stranraer 27 16

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/STR)
8 - Grant Gallagher (MID)
9 - Ryan Stevenson (STR)
10 - Denny Johnstone (STR)
11 - Joao Victoria (MID/STR)

12 - Carlo Pignatiello (DEF/MID)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID/STR)
16 - Lewis McIntyre (DEF)
20 - Jordan Ross (MID)

21 - Dale Burgess (GK)
22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF/MID)
23 - Ryan Thomson (MID)
77 - Andy Stirling (MID)