Stevie BellCLUB captain Steven Bell is urging his side to continue being tough at the back if they want to climb the League One table.

The Blues sit bottom of the pile with just 13 games left to avoid relegation to League Two.

However, there have been signs of recovery in recent weeks with four points from the last two games, since Stevie Farrell took charge.

It is the first time since October that Stranraer have managed two games undefeated in the league and the first time since games against Peterhead and Dumbarton, at the end of August/beginning of September, that they have managed back to back clean sheets.

Bell, who has swapped central defence for a deep lying midfield role, said: "The formation, the 4-2-3-1, we have been working on it and people know their jobs.

"Stevie has taken myself from a centre half position and he has moved me to midfield.

"He wants to play me there because I can shield the defence and he has put experience with youth in defence.
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"There is the experience of David Barron, who has great experience, and Morgyn Neill, who is going to be a big player and I can see him having a good future.

"He has got good balance and as long as we make ourselves hard to beat then I think we have got enough quality and good players going forward, your Willie Gibsons, your Malcolms, McGuigans, Agnews, I can go on, so, hopefully, we are looking at them to get us the goals and push up the league."

The former Dundee United and Dunfermline man was also quick to praise the versatility of some key members of the squad, including Scott Robertson.

The 29-year-old got man of the match in Saturday's 3-0 victory over Albion Rovers and has played in two different positions in Farrell's first two games in charge.

Bell said: "I think utility players are great.

"You look at the highest level and you have guys like James Milner who can do that and that is why managers want them playing.
"Robbo rarely puts in a poor performance and that is a credit to the players round about him as well and credit to the manager.

"It is always good when you have players who can play several positions, I can name a few players who can do that.

"It brings competitiveness and when you have got competitiveness, if you are not at it, you'll not be playing - simple as that."

The Blues travel to the Tony Macaroni Arena this weekend looking to build on their impressive start under Farrell.

However, it is likely to be a big challenge with Livingston sitting ten points clear at the other end of the table.

Bell said: "We go again and we try to be hard to beat.

"We try and go and get a clean sheet.

Albion 5 Feb 2017 010"We drew against East Fife when we could have won and they are an in-form team.

"We played Albion Rovers, who are a very hard team to play against, and we beat them 3-0.

"We look forward to next week, we'll go and train hard during the week."

The 31-year-old also paid tribute to the now departed Brian Reid, who took the Blues to the playoffs last term.

He said: "It is not a good thing in football when a manager loses his job.

"I spoke to Brian and thanked him for everything - he has given me the captaincy at the club, which is a great honour.

"But a new manager has come in with new ideas but, listen, it is only two games."

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1 Arbroath 17 45
2 Raith Rovers 17 32
3 East Fife 17 26
4 Forfar Athletic 17 24
5 Montrose 17 21
6 Airdrieonians 17 20
7 Stranraer 16 20
8 Dumbarton 17
9 Brechin City 16 16
10 Stenhousemuir 17 15


2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Daniel Higgins (DEF)

3 - Chris McGowan (DEF)
4 - Andy McDonald (DEF)
5 - David Brownlie (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - Mark Lamont (MID)
8 - Kyle Turner (MID)
10 - Luke Donnelly (STR)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
16 - Max Ashmore (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
19 - Ciaran Diver (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)