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FANS’ favourite Scott Robertson is backing Stranraer to halt their slow start and get back to winning ways.

The Blues sit ninth in the League One table after defeats against Forfar Athletic, Dumbarton and Peterhead.

Robertson, who is now in his sixth season at the club, was fed up and frustrated with slow starts at Stair Park.

He said: “It always seems to happen at Stranraer.

“The years I have been here, the first two years I was here, I think we lost the first five games in a row.

“It seems to be a recurring theme when I am here that we don’t seem to start the season particularly well.

“We usually turn it around and hopefully it is the same again.”

Robertson returned to the club in the summer after a season with fellow League One side Airdrie.

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The 31 year old featured 30 times over the course of the campaign with the Diamonds.

However, it was not a massively enjoyable 12 months for the defender and he was glad to be back with the Blues.

He said: “To be fair, last year dragged in while I was involved in it but it seems as if it never really happened.

“It just seems as if I am back and kicked on from the season before.

“I don’t really feel as if I have been away.

“I just want to banish that season from my memory anyway – so it is pretty good to be back.”

Robertson has now played more than 200 times for the Blues over his two spells at the club.

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With 204 appearances under his belt, he is just five behind Grant Gallagher as the most experienced Stranraer man in the squad.

Appearance number 204 came last weekend against Peterhead.

Jim McInally’s men ran out 2-1 winners, with Stranraer’s second half comeback coming too late.

The former Partick Thistle man was disappointed not to take anything from the game but had mixed feelings.

He said: “We probably were unlucky not to take anything from the game.

“I don’t think there was much in it chances wise in the game.

“We have hit the post twice – a brilliant header from Scouse (Adam Cummins) and then a wee bit unlucky probably from Smithy (Ian Smith).

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“I think it hits Robert Jones and then hits the post and then does not fall to anybody.

“There were a couple of other ones as well in the second half which were scrambled about in the box.

“On another day, we probably would have got a draw maybe even won the game.”

Scoring goals has not been a problem for Stevie Farrell’s men, who have found the target 16 times in 12 games.

However, at the other end, goals have been flowing a little too freely, with Livingston, Ayr, Montrose, Rangers Colts, Raith Rovers, Dumbarton and Peterhead all scoring at least twice.

The Blues return to action next weekend against Clyde, with Robertson aiming to help tighten things up at the back.

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The defender said: “It is disappointing to lose two goals in any game.

“They are not even good goals – we are not getting close enough to folk at the edge of the box and folk are getting free shots.

“We are not getting free shots and they have had two free shots from the edge of our box and scored them both.

“It is something we need to work on: getting closer to folk, blocking shots, throwing your body in the way."

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)