21 Airdrieonians W

STATISTICS can be interpreted in many different ways.

Airdrie have only won once in their last eight games but, at the same time, they have only lost one of their last five at home.

In truth, Stranraer boss Stevie Farrell is only looking towards one statistic: three points.

The Blues travel to Airdrie this afternoon hoping to build on an impressive showing last time out against Queen's Park.

He said: "You can look at statistics in different ways.

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"The only statistic we are looking at is that it is a difficult venue against an organised team who are difficult to beat.

"We go there on the back of some good form and we are looking forward to it."

The visitors are also boosted by a near full squad, with only Scott Robertson missing as he sits out the second match of his three game ban.

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That means Grant Anderson, who suffered a head knock and had to come off in the opening half hour in last weekend's victory over the Spiders, should be fit.

Stranraer and Airdrie have already met twice this season, with a 3-1 victory apiece.

Home advantage has proven crucial on those occasions and Farrell added: "Every team would rather be at home rather than away but we are going on the back of a good performance."

That good performance saw goals from Anderson, Steven Bell and Ryan Wallace, with the bonus of a clean sheet as well.

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Victory would only be the second time this campaign that Stranraer have won back to back league games.

Inconsistency has very much been the nemesis of Farrell's men so far and the manager added: "Winning back to back league games in this league is a difficult thing to do.

"Alloa proved it can be done and they have gone and won three games in a row since we beat them and are now up to third.

"If you can do it, you find yourself in a really good position and we know the challenge is to go and win the next game."

Last Saturday's victory also marked Danny Stoney's first start for the club since 2 May 2015 - three days before his 19th birthday.

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The striker has had well-documented injury problems in recent years but played 76 minutes before being replaced by Stephen Okoh.

Farrell added: "I thought Danny did well for his first 70 minutes for a long time.

"He had a serious injury and has played some under-20s games and is getting stronger and stronger."

Last meeting
Stranraer 3-1 Airdrieonians
9 September 2017

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AIRDRIE had picked up the win in the group phase of the Betfred Cup but it would be Stranraer who were toasting three points in the opening league encounter.

Grant Anderson and David Barron were recalled to the team in place of Steven Bell and Kyle Turner, with Anderson in particular proving too hot for the Diamonds to handle. The winger opened the scoring when his shot had too much on it for Rohan Ferguson, who could only parry it into the net.

However, despite Stranraer's dominance, it was the visitors who found the next goal. Trialist Willis Furtado broke clear and kept his cool to slot under Cameron Belford and it was very much game on again.

The scores remained level for just ten minutes though. Ryan Wallace was brought down by Tom Fry and Scott Agnew did the job from 12 yards.

Stranraer seemed to have the game wrapped up just two minutes later when Paul Woods got the better of ex-Stranraer loanee Luke Watt and squared it to Anderson for his second of the afternoon. However, the hosts were made to hang on for their win after Scott Robertson was sent off.

Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Barron, Neill, Hamill, Woods, Agnew (Bell 73), Anderson (Turner 81), Thomson, Wallace (Stoney 87).
Not used: Lang, McGowan, Okoh and Currie.

Airdrieonians: Ferguson, MacDonald, Brownlie, McGregor, McIntosh (Allan 74), Watt, Stewart, Conroy, Tierney (Thomson 74), Fry, Furtado.
Not used: Cairns, Edwards, Russell and Kerr.

Last five meetings

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- 3-1 (Anderson x2 and Robertson; Furtado) at Stair Park on September 9, 2017
- 3-1 (Russell x2 and Ryan; Robertson) at Excelsior Stadium on July 18, 2017
- 2-1 (McGuigan and Turner; Ryan) at Stair Park on April 15, 2017
- 1-2 (Ryan; Malcolm and Thomson) at Excelsior Stadium on March 4, 2017
- 1-2 (Agnew; Brown and Ryan) at Stair Park on December 24, 2016

Stranraer's last five games

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WIN v Queen's Park (H): 3-0 (Anderson, Bell, Wallace)
LOSS v Ayr United (A): 2-0
N/A v Raith Rovers (H): 1-1 (Agnew, match abandoned)
WIN v Alloa Athletic (H): 2-0 (Wallace and Hamill)
LOSS v Dumbarton (A): 2-1 (Okoh)

Airdrieonians' last five games

LOSS v Alloa Athletic (A): 1-0
DRAW v Albion Rovers (H): 2-2 (Brownlie and Stewart)
LOSS v Arbroath (A): 7-1 (Conroy (P))
DRAW v Ayr United (A): 2-2 (McGregor and Furtado)
WIN v Queen's Park (H): 4-2 (Stewart x2, Cairns and Furtado)

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Queen's Park: Belford, Dick, Barron, Bell, Agnew, Anderson (Neill 21), Hamill, Thomson, Woods (Okoh 77), Wallace, Stoney (Turner 76).
Not used: Lang, McGowan, Gray and Turner.

Airdrieonians lineup v Alloa: Gourlay, McIntosh, MacDonald, Brownlie, McGregor, Watt (Tierney 78), Stewart, Conroy, Fry, Hastie (Russell 78), Furtado (Allan 70).
Not used: Cairns, Edwards and Trialist.


Ryan Milne is in his fifth season as a referee at this level but has only taken charge of a handful of games in League One.

Neither Stranraer nor Airdrie have had a match where he has been the man in the middle, with his last League One game coming at the end of September.

That saw him take charge at Gayfield when Arbroath and Alloa battled out a 1-1 draw. His last game came just before Hallowe'en when Craig Johnston's strike on the hour mark was enough to give Montrose all three points against Edinburgh City.


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Set your sat nav for ML6 8QZ.

Entry prices at Excelsior Stadium are as follows:

Adult £16, Concessions £10, Child (under 16) £7, Parent and Child £20.


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Follow the Blues on Twitter at @StranraerFC for live updates throughout the afternoon.


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Stranraer Reserves welcome St Cuthbert Wanderers in the South of Scotland League, kickoff 3pm.

Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish.

Squad 2020/21

Ayrton Sonkur (DEF, Annan), Jamie Walker (GK, Kilmarnock), Thomas Orr (STR, BSC Glasgow), Kieran Millar (MID, Airdrieonians), Ruari Paton (STR, East Kilbride), Darryl Duffy (STR, Stirling Albion), Greg Fleming (GK, Peterhead)

RETURNING: Adam Cummins (DEF), Jamie Hamill (DEF/MID), Grant Gallagher (MID), Scott Robertson (DEF), Cameron Elliott (MID/STR), Connor McManus (MID), James Hilton (MID), Lewis McIntyre (DEF)

OUT: Ryan Thomson (Darvel), Max Currie (Airdrieonians), Dale Burgess (Beith), Jordan Allan (Darvel), Lee Hamilton (Edinburgh City), David Smith.

LOAN ENDED: Denny Johnstone, Carlo Pignatiello, Joao Victoria