Match Preview: Livingston

38 Livingston WSTRANRAER will face another tactical reshuffle when they welcome Livingston tomorrow (Saturday).

Morgyn Neill, missing last week through suspension, is ineligible to face his parent club while Michael Donald will be missing out through injury.

However, Liam Dick returns to the squad having served his own one-match ban last time out.

Liam Dick Annan 1Manager Stevie Farrell was quick to highlight the importance of having a good squad though, with substitutes David Wilson, Amadou Kassarate and Mark McGuigan all catching his eye in last week's draw with Queen's Park.

He said: "It is a good position to be when you are not losing games and have that bit of momentum and a team playing with a bit of consistency and others are champing at the bit to get in the team.

"All the squad are desperate to play and desperate to start and that is great for any manager.

"That's coming through at training and everybody has got a smile on their face."
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Wilson, on loan from Partick Thistle, replaced the unfortunate Donald after just 11 minutes last week.

The midfielder caught the eye with an impressive performance and staked a claim to start tomorrow.

The manager added: "David played most of the game and did particularly well and put himself in contention.

"I know what I am going to get from Amadou because I have worked with him before.

"Mark has impressed me with his attitude and I see him as a striker, I don't see him as a wide player.

"Unfortunately for Mark, with the way the shape of the team has been and Craig Malcolm has been in a really rich vein of form.
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"Mark's attitude has been first class and he is ready to play."

Last weekend's point against the Spiders was enough to edge the Blues four points clear of bottom side Stenhousemuir, who have a game in hand.

Now, attention turns to welcoming a Livingston side who sit seven points clear at the top of the league and look an increasingly good bet to return to the Championship at the first time of asking.

The two sides have met once since Farrell returned to Stair Park, with the Blues picking up a point in a goalless draw at the Tony Macaroni Arena in February.

Stranraer were arguably the better team in the first half but had to survive an improved performance from the hosts after the break.

The manager added: "One of the things I have tried to say to the players since I came in is what you do without the ball is just as important as what you do with it."
Livingston 11 Feb 2017 b 002STEVIE Farrell's third match as Stranraer boss saw a difficult trip to the Tony Macaroni Arena.

The Lions were - and still are - top of the league and look a good shout to book an immediate return to the Championship after last year's relegation. Morgyn Neill was unavailable on that occasion and will similarly be watching from the sidelines tomorrow as well. On that occasion last month, it meant a recall for Craig Pettigrew but otherwise it was the same team who defeated Albion Rovers seven days earlier.

Stranraer challenged on occasions in West Lothian but in truth it was some determined defending and great goalkeeping which stopped Livingston from picking up the win in the second half. Shaun Byrne struck the crossbar for the hosts and former Stranraer man Declan Gallagher was denied when Cameron Belford clawed his header off the goal line.

It was a vital point for the Blues, which moved them above Stenhousemuir at the bottom of the table on goal difference. It also marked the first time this season that Stranraer had kept three clean sheets in a row.
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Last meetings

- 0-0 at Tony Macaroni Arena 11/2/17
- 1-2 (Gibson; Carrick and De Vita) at Stair Park 10/12/16
- 5-1 (Pittman x2, Mullen and Buchanan x2; Malcolm) at Tony Macaroni Arena 6/8/16
- 4-3 (Buchanan, White, Mullen and Halkett; Cairney, Dick and Longworth) at Tony Macaroni Arena 7/5/16
- 5-2 (McGuigan x2, Stirling, Gibson and OG; White and Buchanan) at Stair Park 4/5/16
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Stranraer's last five games

Queen's Park (H): 1-1 (Malcolm)
Airdrieonians (A): 1-2 (Malcolm and Thomson)
Brechin City (H): 2-0 (Gibson and Malcolm)
Peterhead (H): 3-3 (Gibson x2 and Thomson)
Livingston (A): 0-0
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Livingston's last five games

East Fife (H): 0-1
Albion Rovers (H): 3-0 (Todorov x2 and Mullen)
Queen's Park (A): 1-1 (Pittman)
Airdrieonians (A): 0-4 (Crighton, OG, Mullen and Cadden)
Stranraer (H): 0-0


Last time out

Stranraer lineup v Queen's Park: Belford, Pettigrew, Robertson, Barron, Donald (Wilson 11), Bell (McGuigan 69), Thomson, Turner (Kassarate 61), Agnew, Gibson, Malcolm.
Not used: Maley, Morena, Kemp and Currie.

Livingston lineup v East Fife: Kelly, Longridge, Crighton, Mullin, Halkett, Gallagher, Byrne (Buchanan 77), Pittman, De Vita (Cadden 69), Mullen (Millar 76), Todorov
Not used: Lithgow, Sinclair, Knox and Maley.

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 Pos  Team  Pld   Pts 
1 Livingston 3 8
2 Partick Thistle
2 4
3 Airdrieonians 2 3
4 St Mirren 3 3
5 STRANRAER 2 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