Match Preview: Albion Rovers

32 Albion Rovers W TOMORROW (Saturday) marks something of a homecoming for Stranraer boss Stevie Farrell.

The manager, appointed last month, will lead out his team for the first time at Stair Park when they welcome Albion Rovers.

Stranraer picked up a point in Farrell's first tie, away to East Fife, and the manager was wanting more points back in Wigtownshire.

He said: "Last week's result becomes a really good point if we get three points tomorrow.

"Ahead of the game I said to the players, last time I was here Stair Park was a bit of a fortress.

"It was a hard place for other teams to leave with anything.
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"Between now and the end of the season, we need to reinforce that siege mentality.

"We need to make it a really, really difficult place and to take the game to the opposition whether that is Albion Rovers or whoever.

"We need to try to get back to that mentality."

Michael Donald was added to the Stranraer squad ahead of the tie at New Bayview last weekend and the manager has again been busy in freshening up the squad, on and off the field.

Jack Whittaker's loan deal has been terminated by mutual consent while the manager confirmed Sam McCloskey would spend the rest of the season on loan with Kilwinning Rangers.

Coming in, the manager has added Amadou Kassaraté on loan from Dumbarton and Calvin Kemp has also returned to the club after time at Kilwinning Rangers on loan.
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Farrell said: "Amadou is a young kid but he has got the physique of a young man.

"He is very, very quick and he has worked with myself and Alan Waddell for almost a season now.

"He is somebody we are looking forward to working with again."

Both Kassaraté and Kemp will go straight into the squad for tomorrow's tie but the Blues have been dealt a blow, with Craig Pettigrew set to miss out.

The right back, who also worked with Farrell at Dumbarton, hurt his ankle last time out and is unlikely to be risked for the Albion Rovers match.

First team coach Waddell has followed Farrell from Dumbarton back to Stair Park after being an important part of Stevie Aitken's backroom staff at Stranraer previously.

The manager added: "He has good player management and players enjoy working with him.

"He came in this week and he has got to know the new players.

"Him knowing the club is always a bonus.

"He understands the people and the intensity, desire and the predicament the club is in.

"He has the passion and desire to get Stranraer out of this position."
Albion 1A LATE deflected free-kick saw Albion Rovers pick up three points in a topsy-turvy clash at Cliftonhill.

On game day, Brian Reid handed Joe Nuttall his debut while Kyle Turner, Frank McKeown and Scott Agnew all dropped to the bench. Joining Nuttall in the first team were Giuliano Morena and Willie Gibson.

It was the hosts who opened the scoring though when Ross Stewart broke clear and, despite calls for offside, held off Steven Bell and slotted past Cameron Belford. Stranraer got their own slice of luck when Gibson's straight-forward looking shot deceived Albion's other Ross Stewart in the home goal. Still, there would be one more bit of drama in the first half. Scott Robertson was penalised for some penalty box wrestling and Ryan Wallace slotted home from 12 yards.

Stranraer found a second equaliser midway through the second half when Nuttall collected Gibson's pass and smashed home from outside the box. Unfortunately, there would be a sting in the tail when Wallace's free-kick clipped the defensive wall and left Belford flat-footed to ensure the points remained in Coatbridge.
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Last five meetings

- 3-2 (Stewart and Wallace x2; Gibson and Nuttall) at Cliftonhill 12/11/16
- 3-1 (C Thomson x2 and McGuigan; Stewart and Willis) at Stair Park 17/9/16
- 0-1 (Longworth) at Cliftonhill 12/3/16
- 0-0 at Stair Park 13/2/16
- 0-2 (Malcolm and Stirling) at Cliftonhill 2/2/16

Stranraer's last five games

East Fife (A): 0-0
Aberdeen (A): 4-0
Stenhousemuir (A): 1-0
Alloa Athletic (H): 1-2 (C Thomson)
Queen's Park (A): 0-1 (Gibson)

Albion Rovers' last five games

Alloa Athletic (H): 1-1 (Stewart)
Celtic (H): 0-3
Brechin City (H): 1-0 (M Dunlop)
Airdrieonians (A): 1-2 (Boyd x2)
Stenhousemuir (A): 1-0
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Last time out

Stranraer lineup v East Fife: Belford, Pettigrew, Dick, Barron, Neill, Robertson, Bell, Agnew, Thomson (Trialist 68), Gibson, Malcolm (McGuigan 68).
Not used: Maley, Morena, Wilson, Turner and Currie.

Albion Rovers lineup v Alloa Athletic: Stewart, Reid, Turnbull, Fisher, R Dunlop, M Dunlop, Archibald, Davidson (Gilmour 88), Stewart, Willis (McCann 83), McBride (Ferguson 71).
Not used: Ferry, Archibald and Potts.

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 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Ayr United 2 6
2 Raith Rovers 2 4
3 Arbroath 2 4
4 East Fife 2 3
5 Albion Rovers 2 3
6 Forfar Athletic 2 3
7 STRANRAER 2 3
8 Airdrieonians 2 1
9 Alloa Athletic 2 1
10 Queen's Park 2 0

Fixtures


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