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STEVIE Farrell believes the power of positivity and hard work can help Stranraer turn their season around.

The Blues sit bottom of the League One table, despite one defeat in their last four games.

The manager stressed he was upbeat and still firmly believed his side could climb the table, starting on Saturday against Clyde.

He was not prepared to let heads drop and was determined to remain positive about the campaign ahead.

He said: “I never, ever let the players get despondent.

“There are enough negative people in football with their chins on their chests, the world is against them and the wind is in their face.

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“There are enough of those people in football and I am not one of those people.

“We have complete honesty and transparency in the dressing room.

“We tell each other it as it is – the boys know when they have done well and I am the first to tell them that and they know when they have been bad and I am the first to tell them that.

“To be fair to them, the performances in recent weeks have been good and I think they deserve better.

“If they keep working hard, they will be absolutely fine and we will let the doom and gloom people continue to fear the worst.”

Farrell felt his side had been unlucky on occasion this campaign and but for a bit of good fortune could have almost double their current points tally.

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The manager said: “We are not a million miles away.

“We are sitting bottom of the league but we are not a team that is getting beat every week, or that we don’t look like scoring, or that we don’t look like winning or drawing a game, or that we are losing three or four nil every week and it is just despondency.

“It is not like that.

“We are a team who is bottom of the league but if we had another four or five points nobody could argue.

“Another four or five points and we would be sitting sixth or seventh in the league.

“That’s just how close we are; we are really close.

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“We will not give up, we will keep working away and it is only hard work that is going to bring us through.

“We will keep believing that it is the next game, which is tomorrow, that can turn our season.”

Stranraer have a near full squad to choose from with Jamie Hamill returning from a calf problem and only Grant Gallagher on the sidelines.

Tomorrow is Clyde’s first league visit to Stair Park in more than seven years.

Stephen Stirling’s goal was the difference on that day, with a certain David Mitchell between the sticks for the home side on that occasion.

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Victory for the Blues could lift them off the bottom of League One and potentially as high as eighth.

While Stranraer have drawn three of their last four matches, Farrell was looking for maximum points this time around.

He said: “We need to get wins on the board and we know that.

“We have not won enough games of football.

“We’ve lost and drawn too many games of football this year.

“We need to get a couple of three points on the board, we know that and that is our aim.”

Last meeting
Clyde 6-1 Stranraer
Saturday 14 September 2019

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DAVID Goodwillie was the star of the show as Clyde hit Stranraer for six in controversial circumstances.

Adam Cummins was shown a straight red card with less than half an hour on the clock. Goodwillie netted from the penalty spot and followed that up three minutes later by repeating the trick when Ryan Thomson was penalised.

The former Dundee United man made it three before the break and continued his one-man show when he slotted home from 12 yards ten minutes after the restart.

James Hilton pulled one back after combining well with Andy Stirling but Darren Smith restored the four-goal advantage.

Fittingly, it was Goodwillie who had the final say when he netted his fifth four minutes from the end.

Clyde: Mitchell, McNiff, Howie, Rumsby, Cuddihy, Grant, Johnston, McStay (Wallace 62), Lamont (Duffy 76), Goodwillie, Love (Darren Smith 64).
Not used: Petkov and McGee.

Stranraer: Currie, Robertson, Allan, Cummins, David Smith (Stirling 46), Hamill, McManus, Elliott, Thomson, Stewart (Murphy 76), I Smith (Hilton 46).
Not used: Jones and Burgess.

Last five meetings

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Clyde 6 Stranraer 1 (Goodwillie x5 (Pen x3) and Darren Smith; Hilton) at Broadwood Stadium on September 14, 2019
Stranraer 1 Clyde 3 (Anderson; Goodwillie x2 and McNiff) at Stair Park on July 24, 2018
Clyde 2 Stranraer 3 (McNiff and Osadolor; Agnew (Pen), OG and Wallace) at Broadwood Stadium on August 15, 2017
Stranraer 4 Clyde 1 (Stirling, McKeown, Longworth and Grehan; Watt) at Stair Park on December 10, 2013
Clyde 1 Stranraer 1 (MacDonald; Longworth) at Broadwood Stadium on November 30, 2013

Last five games

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Stranraer


LOSS v Montrose (A): 2-1
DRAW v Dumbarton (H): 0-0
DRAW v East Fife (A): 1-1 (Jones)
DRAW v Airdrieonians (A): 2-2 (Allan and Hilton)
LOSS v Falkirk (H): 0-3

Clyde

WIN v Falkirk (A): 0-1 (Darren Smith)
DRAW v Raith Rovers (H): 2-2 (Goodwillie x2)
WIN v Arbroath (A):0-2 (Johnston and OG)
LOSS v Montrose (H): 0-2
WIN v Dumbarton (A): 1-2 (McStay and Johnston)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Montrose: Currie, Robertson, Allan (Dangana 87), Cummins, Hamilton, McManus, Pignatiello, Elliott (Stewart 69), Thomson (Jones 69), Stirling, Hilton.
Not used: David Smith, Murphy, I Smith and Burgess.

Clyde lineup v Falkirk: Mitchell, McNiff, Howie, Rumsby, Lyon, Grant, Johnston (Allison 85), Cuddihy (Darren Smith 77), Lamont, Goodwillie, Love (McStay 65).
Not used: Duffy and McGee.

Referee
David Dickinson

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A FAMILIAR face last season, David Dickinson takes charge of his first Stranraer match of the season on Saturday.

He took charge of three Stranraer games last term, with the most recent being in November last year. That came up at Arbroath in the Scottish Cup when Ian Smith found the net. Prior to that, he was at Stair Park for East Fife’s 2-0 victory when Craig Watson and Rory Currie scored.

Mr Dickinson took charge of two Clyde games last term, with the most recent coming in March at Broadwood. Chris McStay, Martin McNiff and John Rankin were all on target in a 3-1 win over a Stirling Albion side which featured future Blues in Jordan Allan and Lee Hamilton. Away from home, he took charge of Clyde’s 1-0 defeat to Peterhead back in August 2018.

Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Raith Rovers 13 24
2 East Fife 13 24
3 Airdrieonians 13 23
4 Falkirk 13 22
5 Montrose 13 19
6 Dumbarton 13 17
7 Clyde 13 16
8 Peterhead 13 15
9 Stranraer 13 10
10 Forfar Athletic 13 10


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)