Match Preview: Peterhead

34 Peterhead WAN ENERGY sapping performance at the Tony Macaroni Arena was enough to ensure it was five points from nine for Stranraer.

Now, Stevie Farrell is challenging his squad to match those levels when Peterhead come to Stair Park tomorrow (Saturday).

The manager said: "That is the way it should be every week.

"One thing I should not have to coach or manage is hard work.

"That is something we should not have to ask for and they should leave nothing on the pitch.
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"They should give everything whether it is against Livingston or Peterhead - one thing that should be a given is hard work."

Farrell got exactly that last weekend when the Blues became just the second team this season to draw with the Lions.

Stranraer were the better team in the first half and had the home side on the back foot for periods of the opening 45 minutes.

David Hopkin's men bounced back in the second half but Stranraer held firm with Cameron Belford - and the woodwork - denying Livingston.

Farrell said: "We were probably the better side in the first half and I thought we moved the ball really well for large parts of that.

"We had possession and played some really good stuff.
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"In the second half, Livingston came out at home and had a reaction.

"We had a different type of game in the second half.

"We had to defend, keep our shape and be nice and solid and hard to break down.

"We were a bit unlucky on the counter-attack a few times as well."

One man who missed out in West Lothian was Morgyn Neill, who was unable to play against his parent club.

The 21-year-old returns to the squad tomorrow, which means Farrell has a full squad to pick from.

The manager told the official website it was a good problem to have as they attempt to overcome Peterhead.

Three points would see the Blues close the gap on Jim McInally's men, who sit in eighth place, to just one point.

Farrell added: "Obviously, every game at Stair Park is a game we must try to win.

"Tomorrow is no different.
Cv8lbT1WgAAJBTVTEN-MAN Stranraer slipped to defeat at Peterhead in October, after Willie Gibson was dismissed just six minutes into the second half.

The scores were blank at half time with Gibson and Christian Nadé passing up chances before the break. Gibson had already picked up a yellow card in the first half and the second yellow card came after he kicked the ball away.

Eleven minutes later and Peterhead broke the deadlock and set themselves up for a vital three points. A long ball over the top cut open the visiting defence and Rory McAllister rounded Cameron Belford before rolling the ball into the empty net.

Brian Reid's men tried to find a way back into the tie but they were eventually undone by a ruthless Peterhead counter attack. Scott Brown was the man who got on the end of the attack and he slotted beyond Belford to secure three points and a long drive home for Stranraer.
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Last meetings

- 2-0 (McAllister and S Brown) at Balmoor Stadium 29/10/16
- 1-0 (McGuigan) at Stair Park 27/8/16
- 0-0 at Balmoor Stadium 15/3/16
- 1-5 (Malcolm; Sutherland x2, Stevenson, Gilchrist and McIntosh) at Stair Park 16/1/16
- 1-1 (McAllister; Malcolm (P)) at Balmoor Stadium 17/11/15

Stranraer's last five games

Livingston (A): 0-0
Albion Rovers (H): 3-0 (Malcolm x2 and Bell)
East Fife (A): 0-0
Aberdeen (A): 4-0
Stenhousemuir (A): 1-0
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Peterhead's last five games

Albion Rovers (H): 1-1 (McAllister)
Airdrieonians (A): 4-1 (McAllister)
Queen's Park (H): 4-0 (Strachan, Anderson and McAllister x2)
Alloa Athletic (A): 0-1 (McIntosh)
Livingston (H): 2-3 (Riley and McAllister)

Last time out

Stranraer team v Livingston: Belford, Pettigrew, Dick, Barron, Robertson, Bell, Thomson, Agnew, Gibson, Donald (Turner 70), Malcolm (Kassarate 77).
Not used: McGuigan, Morena, Wilson, Kemp and Currie.

Peterhead team v Albion Rovers: Smith, Ross (Smith 83), Noble (McIntosh 66), McMullin, Gordon, S Brown, Anderson, Blockley (Comrie 60), McAllister, Strachan, Stevenson.
Not used: J Brown, Redman, Dzierzawski and Hobday.
 

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 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Livingston 4 11
2 Partick Thistle
3 7
3 Airdrieonians 3 3
4 St Mirren 3 3
5 STRANRAER 3 0

Fixtures


00 Stranraer FC 2015 Logo
3 Number Lotto
Sunday 23 July 2017

Numbers: 5, 6, 17

1 winner taking home £1000:

MW, Stranraer