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A FAMILIAR face could be missing from the Stranraer dugout tomorrow (Tuesday) when Albion Rovers visit Stair Park.

That's because while everyone else was exchanging Christmas cards, the only card delivered to Eric Phillips on Saturday was a red one.

The goalkeeping coach was sent to the stand during the victory over Forfar Athletic after Grant Anderson's 'goal', which would have put the Blues 1-0 up, was ruled out.

And he admits he has no idea what his punishment will be, or when it will take place.

H said: "I think it was a goal.

"If the highlights show Grant has kicked it out of the goalkeeper's hands, I will hold my hands up.

"I think the keeper has come and dropped it at Grant's feet and some of the players said the same to me.

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"I said to the linesman can you not see he has dropped the ball, I never swore.

"It was 0-0 and we needed a goal from somewhere.

"It was the heat of the moment and I will need to take my punishment and see what game I miss.

"I don't know if I am banned for Tuesday."

The incident seemed to fire up Stranraer, who would take the lead just a few minutes later from the penalty spot.

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That was the second spot kick of the game, with Jamie Hamill missing from 12 yards in the first half before Ryan Wallace scored at the other end after the break.

Phillips, who played in goal for Albion Rovers and Ayr United, as well as Junior sides including Auchinleck Talbot and Kilwinning Rangers, has saved spot kicks before and said there was increasingly work being done behind the scenes in a bid to prepare for the shot from 12 yards.

He said: "If you look at sports science and watch things on YouTube and even in our league with StranraerFC TV, East Fife TV and others, I try to do homework for Cameron Belford and Max Currie.

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"You can look back at games and see who is the penalty taker.

"That is not the be all and end all but it might give you an idea of where they could put it."

Stranraer's regular penalty taker, Scott Agnew, was missing through injury on Saturday, which led to Hamill taking the first spot kick.

After missing it, Wallace took the second and beat Marc McCallum.

On that occasion, Phillips, who turns 48 later this month, felt the most important thing was to simply hit the ball "true".

It has been a busy few weeks for the goalkeeping coach.

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Max Currie has gone out on a short-term loan to Cumbernauld Colts and kept a clean sheet on his debut against Hawick Royal Albert, although the weekend's game with Gretna 2008 fell victim to the weather.

Ryan McLaren, who spent time on loan at Irvine Victoria earlier this season, has stepped up to be back-up to Cameron Belford.

Phillips felt the time out on loan would ultimately benefit both 20 year old Currie and Stranraer.

He said: "You need to make sure Max gets game time.

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"He has never let us down and the Celtic game and in the other cups, he has done well.

"He is a cracking prospect."

Photos: Bill McCandlish, Stranraer FC
Stranraer aim to make it 4 games unbeaten on Tuesday night at Stair Park - kickoff 7.45pm.

Adults £15, Concessions (65+) £10, Secondary £5, Primary FREE

26b Albion Rovers W

SPFL 3L1 6474

1 Arbroath 16 42
2 Raith Rovers 16 29
3 East Fife 16 23
4 Montrose 16 21
5 Forfar Athletic 16 21
6 Airdrieonians 16 20
7 Stranraer 16 20
8 Dumbarton 16
9 Brechin City 16 16
10 Stenhousemuir 16 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)