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A DESIRE to bounce back from last week’s disappointment is fuelling Stranraer’s bid to return to their best.

The Blues were deserved 3-1 losers at Dumbarton last weekend and manager Stevie Farrell was quick to acknowledge they had not been at their best.

Now, he is looking to tomorrow (Saturday) and the visit from Peterhead as his side look to make it back-to-back home wins.

He said: “We were not good enough last week and we have said that all week.

“We took the plaudits against Raith Rovers a week ago and rightly so.

“Against Dumbarton, we were not good enough as a group, we were not good enough as a coaching team, we were not good enough.

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“We will win together and we will lose together.

“That is very much the ethos and the spirit within the camp this year.

“We know we will have days where it is good, like against Raith Rovers, and I hope we don’t have too many days like last Saturday.

“We were not good enough as a group and we never deserved anything from the game.

“That’s the first time I have come off and been disappointed with the performance overall.

“There are times I have come off and felt we have not got what we deserved but that is the first time I have come off, overall, after 90 minutes, and really been analysing the performance and how we were not good enough.”

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The players were also quick to hold their hands up and acknowledge they were not good enough over the 90 minutes.

The manager added: “We had probably nine players who were not at it on Saturday, by their own admission.

“That is the good thing and positive thing.

“The players have set their own standards and there was no one kicking themselves more than the players on Saturday night.

“They know they let themselves down individually and collectively.

“We had an opportunity, we never took it and that is what disappointed them.”

Peterhead make the lengthy trip down the A77 for the first time since they were promoted back to League One in the summer.

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Former Blues favourite Willie Gibson left the Balmoor side during the week – and has signed for Stenhousemuir – but another former Stranraer man, Mick Dunlop, remains at the club.

Farrell was expecting a tough test from his long-travelled opposition.

He said: “Peterhead will be one of the best payers in the league.

“They will have one of the biggest budgets in the league and we know they have a group of players that is experienced, has a know how and understanding of lower league football.

“We know they are going to be a really competitive side this year.

“They have had some really fantastic results in the cup against higher league opposition and it shows the experience that is in their squad to deal with those types of games.”

The Blues will again not be helped by their injury list as they bid to get three points.

Long-term absentee Grant Gallagher is joined on the sidelines by David Smith and the on-loan duo of Leon Murphy and Carlo Pignatiello.

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Farrell said: “David Smith and Carlo are just not getting there – it is just not clearing up.

“The Livingston physio has been working with Carlo and so has Jamie, our physio, and it just seems to have gone into overload just now in terms of him playing and training with Livingston and Stranraer.

“It is probably something we need to look at to make sure we get the kid right.

“Leon picked up an injury playing with Ayr’s reserves on Monday night.”

Last meeting
Peterhead 2-2 Stranraer
25 March 2017

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A LATE, late leveller denied Stranraer all three points at Balmoor Stadium in March 2017.

Stevie Farrell had tasted defeat for the first time as Stranraer boss seven days earlier when Livingston won 1-0 at Stair Park.

The visitors found themselves a goal down again when the prolific Rory McAllister scored after eight minutes. However, they were quickly level when Craig Malcolm, who had already had a goal chopped off, flicked the ball beyond Graham Smith.

Six minutes later and Stranraer were in front when Scott Robertson finished off a fine team move involving Scott Agnew, David Wilson and Malcolm. Unfortunately, with the game deep in injury time the hosts forced a number of corners and Jamie Redman scored from close range.

Peterhead: G Smith, Reid, Comrie (Brown 73), Ross, Gordon (McMullin 20 (Ferry 31)), Strachan, Brown, Anderson, Redman, Riley, McAllister.
Not used: Noble, Stevenson, A Smith and Hobday.

Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Barron, Neill, Bell, Agnew (McGuigan 89), Wilson (Donald 78), Thomson, Gibson, Malcolm (Kassarate 81).
Not used: Morena, Turner and Currie.

Last five meetings

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Peterhead 2 Stranraer 2 (McAllister and Redman; Malcolm and Robertson) at Balmoor Stadium on March 25, 2017
Stranraer 3 Peterhead 3 (Thomson and Gibson x2; McAllister x2 and Anderson) at Stair Park on February 18, 2017
Peterhead 2 Stranraer 0 (McAllister and Brown) at Balmoor Stadium on October 29, 2016
Stranraer 1 Peterhead 0 (McGuigan) at Stair Park on August 27, 2016
Peterhead 0 Stranraer 0 at Balmoor Stadium on March 15, 2016

Last five games

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Stranraer


LOSS v Dumbarton (A): 3-1 (Murphy)
WIN v Raith Rovers (H): 3-2 (McManus, Dangana and Elliott)
LOSS v Rangers Under-21 (H): 0-2
LOSS v Forfar Athletic (A): 1-0
DRAW v Montrose (H): 2-2 (Hilton and Pignatiello)

Peterhead

WIN v Forfar Athletic (H): 1-0 (Leitch)
LOSS v Dumbarton (H): 2-3 (Fraser and Brown)
LOSS v Formartine United (H): 0-0 (Formartine Utd win on penalties)
DRAW v East Fife (A): 1-1 (Lyle)
HOME v Falkirk (H): 0-0

Last time out

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Stranraer v Dumbarton: Burgess, Cummins, Hamilton, Hamill (I Smith 66), Robertson, Allan, McManus, Murphy (Hilton 72), Thomson, Elliott, Dangana (Stewart 65).
Not used: Currie.

Peterhead v Forfar Athletic: Fleming, J Brown, Boyle, Eadie, Dunlop, Ferry, S Brown, Leitch (Norris 87), A Smith, Fraser (Conroy 76), McAllister (Armour 81).
Not used: Willox, Gibson and Wilson.

Referee
Lloyd Wilson

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LLOYD Wilson is no stranger to Stranraer or Peterhead fans this season having already taken charge of games involving both teams.

Both those ties, earlier this month, finished in draws. Mr Wilson was in charge of Stranraer’s 2-2 draw with Montrose where James Hilton and Carlo Pignatiello scored either side of Terry Masson and Liam Callaghan’s goals.

Seven days later and Bayview Stadium was the destination for the referee. On that occasion, Derek Lyle put the visitors in front before former Stranraer man Ryan Wallace levelled things on the stroke of half time.

Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish

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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)