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SATURDAY’S defeat to Clyde was a match full of talking points.

The scoreline and the performance of referee Craig Napier were both on the minds of Stranraer fans.

One of Mr Napier’s controversial decisions was the red card shown to Adam Cummins with less than half an hour on the clock.

Cummins, who will miss Falkirk’s visit to Stair Park this weekend, was not convinced the referee made the correct decision.

He said: “You don’t want to be sitting here and blaming referees.

“There is contact between me and the lad but I don’t think it is enough to warrant a penalty and a couple of their players when I got sent off said it was maybe a 50/50 penalty shout but the sending off was certainly harsh.

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“Obviously, from then, I think it was maybe 25 minutes into the game, the game plan goes out of the window.”

The remainder of the first half saw Cummins sitting in the changing room and able to check his phone to find out what was happening on the pitch.

He said: “I was half checking my phone and trying to see what was going on.

“Then, I looked on the Twitter feed and it said another penalty to Clyde.

“You hear the cheers coming from the stand and you don’t know whether it is a goal or someone has just done something good.

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“One of the subs came in just before half time and said the referee had given another penalty and we were now 3-0 down.”

The defender waited for his team-mates and manager, Stevie Farrell, at half time before showering and watching the second half of the match from the stand.

The stand will be Cummins' viewpoint for this weekend’s game with the central defender on the sidelines.

Players watching games from the stand has been an issue for the Blues this campaign.

At one time or another, Farrell has been without Jordan Allan, Lee Hamilton, James Hilton, Grant Gallagher, Mark Stewart, Leon Murphy, Carlo Pignatiello, Cameron Elliott, David Smith, David Dangana and Ryan Thomson.

Now, Cummins has joined that lengthy list.

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The former Queen’s Park man felt the club had started promisingly but progress had stalled a little in recent weeks.

He said: “We had quite a positive start to the season, including the Betfred Cup and the first few league games.

“The last two or three games we have probably had too many spells during games where we have not been quite at it or organised or we’ve not played how we can for 90 minutes.

“I think at Clyde when three penalties get given against you and you get beat 6-1 I think the reaction comes from the frustration of that game rather than weeks before.

“The Peterhead game, after the sending off, we should probably have got something from the game.

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“Obviously, we have lost the game in the first half.

“You look at Dumbarton, when you go in at half time having been 1-0 up and you end up losing through the second half.

“We have had a few talks about being harder to beat as a team, which, obviously, we tried to do at Clyde but half an hour into the game, you get a player sent off and a penalty given against you, your game plan is out of the window.

“I think the last few weeks have not been good enough for all of us and we know that.

“When you go through spells like this you have got to get together as a team, work hard and get out of it by hook or by crook.”

Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Raith Rovers 10 20
2 East Fife 10 20
3 Falkirk 10 19
4 Dumbarton 10 14
5 Airdrieonians 10 14
6 Clyde 10 13
7 Forfar Athletic 10 10
8 Montrose 10 10
9 Peterhead 10 9
10 Stranraer 10 7


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)