Div keen to avoid cup shock
A DISMAL second half performance against Airdrie ensured Stranraer's topsy-turvy start to the season continued on Saturday.
Stevie Farrell kept his side in the away dressing room for more than 20 minutes after the full time whistle before stressing the second half showing was nowhere near good enough.
David Barron very much agreed with his manager's assessment and said the team had some thinking to do ahead of this weekend's clash with Brora Rangers.
The experienced defender, who is closing in on 50 appearances with the Blues, said: "He has got every right to go through us because we know on the pitch, everybody knows, it has not been good enough.
"When you play bad, most boys know that they have played bad.
"You don't mean to do it but it is just one of those things that you need to evaluate when you go home.
"Some people think about it and try to change it, other people just let it go.
"How people deal with it is up to them but I'm one of the guys that will go and evaluate it and I know when I've played poorly.
"That's how I deal with it and everyone just needs to deal with it in their own way."
Despite a promising first half showing, which saw Ryan Thomson hit the post and Stranraer perhaps shade the possession and chances created, they would go on to take nothing from the game.
It was a case of deja vu, with the Blues coming out of the traps well on occasions this campaign - the tie against Queen's Park at Hampden being the most notable example - before failing to repeat the performance after the half time interval.
Barron was unable to put his finger on the reason behind the side's poor second half showing against the Diamonds.
He said: "I've no idea, to be honest.
"The manager just spoke about it in the dressing room as well and said that is a few times it has happened.
"To be fair to him, it is a few times.
"I don't know why it keeps happening but it needs to change because it is killing us a bit."
Inconsistency in games and inconsistency week to week has plagued Farrell's men this season.
The Blues have managed back to back league wins just once this season, with a 4-0 triumph at Albion Rovers followed by a 3-1 win at home to Airdrie.
That winning run came to an end when Arbroath hit the Blues for six at Stair Park.
Stranraer's failure to create a lengthy winning streak has left them in mid-table, when a little bit more consistency would surely see them in the playoffs, rather than chasing third and fourth place.
Barron added: "We've not put three league wins together all season and if you do win three games on the bounce in this league it puts you right in the pack for the play-offs.
"We are yet to do that and until we do that I don't think we are going to be in the play-offs.
"So, we need to start doing that and go undefeated for a few weeks.
"I'm sure if we go undefeated for a few weeks that will help us but right now we know what we need to do.
"It's just trying to put it in place."
Stranraer take a break from Scottish League One action this weekend when they welcome Highland League club Brora Rangers to Stair Park for the first time.
Ross Tokely's side come into the game on the back of a 7-0 win over Lossiemouth.
Barron stressed Stranraer could not take progression for granted and that they would have to perform if they were to avoid being on the end of a cup upset.
He said: "It is kind of a lose-lose situation for us.
"If we beat them, we were expected to beat them.
"No disrespect to them but we are the professional team, so, you would think we should be beating them.
"But football is not played on paper and I'm sure the manager will be quick to drum that into us.
"We need to be professional, do all the right things and prepare the way we would prepare for any game."