HOME fans have been urged to turn out in numbers in a bid to cheer Stranraer on to victory.
The Blues start the first of back-to-back home games this evening (Tuesday), with Arbroath making the long-trip to Stair Park.
Stranraer come into the game after defeats to East Fife and Forfar Athletic but Stevie Farrell stressed the importance of the home fans.
He said: "The players know they are at home, under the floodlights at Stair Park with a decent crowd of home fans.
"We would ask the fans to come and support them.
"The fans have been great and know the position we are in between now and the end of the season."
Farrell did not pull any punches when talking about Saturday's defeat to Forfar.
The hosts were 4-0 up at half time, leaving Stranraer with a mountain to climb to take anything from the game.
Paul Woods' late strike saw the score finish 5-1 but the manager said: "The game was over in the first ten minutes.
"We were two down in seven minutes and four down before half an hour was played.
"We did not start well and I had watched Forfar and Alloa the week before.
"Forfar had started that game very well and we warned the players about how quickly they started and how they could come out of the traps.
"We never did that."
Farrell described the showing as "hard, difficult and frustrating" and that the only positive was that the game was over.
He said: "Once the players get in the showers, they start to self reflect.
"They know and understand it was not good enough but it was a sombre bus on the way home.
"That is a good thing, they are thinking about the performance and hopefully don't find themselves in that position again."
The manager urged his team to pick themselves up ahead of this evening's clash.
The Blues could be without Kyle Turner, with the midfielder limping off in the closing stages at Station Park.
The 20 year old will undergo a late fitness test as he bids to overcome a calf knock.
Other than that, the manager has a full squad to choose from.
He said: "The reality is we are optimists.
"We look at the league table and, although we got beat on Saturday, the table did not do us too much harm.
"We have aspirations to finish in the play-offs, with the circumstances at Christmas, the primary and fundamental aim is to stay in the division, but we are looking up the table, rather than down."
Arbroath 1-2 Stranraer
2 December 2017
KYLE Turner and debutant Angus Beith scored in the second half as Stranraer came from behind to pick up three points.
The youthful midfielders were joined by captain Steven Bell at the heart of the Stranraer team.
However, it would be the hosts who took the lead on 15 minutes. Ryan McCord scored a hat-trick in the first meeting of the season and he was on hand to break the deadlock at Gayfield. Cameron Belford failed to hold Bobby Linn's effort and McCord reacted quickest to cheekily back heel the loose ball over the line.
The leveller would come in the second half when Jamie Hamill's pinpoint cross was headed home by Turner. It was a goal which sparked Stranraer into life and they turned up the pressure in a bid to get a winning goal. Hamill rippled the side netting with a deflected drive and then saw a header crash off the crossbar.
Finally, the goal came with Beith blasting home from the edge of the box.
Arbroath: Hutton, Little, Yule, O'Brien, Henry, Whatley, Gold, McCord (Denholm 46), Linn, McIntosh (Prunty 75), Swankie (Hester 69).
Not used: Hamilton and Gomes.
Stranraer: Belford, Dick, Barron, Neill, Hamill, Bell, Anderson (Woods 81), Turner, Beith, Thomson, Wallace (Stoney 89).
Not used: Lang, McGowan, Elliott, Okoh and Currie.
Last five meetings
- 1-2 (McCord; Turner and Beith) at Gayfield on December 2, 2017
- 2-6 (Thomson and Agnew; O'Brien, Denholm x2 and McCord x3 (Pen x1)) at Stair Park on September 23, 2017
- 4-2 (McManus, Cook x2 and Sheerin; Winter and Forde) at Gayfield on April 12, 2014
- 1-1 (Gallagher; McManus) at Stair Park on February 14, 2014
- 1-2 (Doris; Longworth and Aitken) at Gayfield on December 7, 2013
Stranraer's last five games
LOSS v Forfar Athletic (A): 5-1 (Woods)
LOSS v East Fife (H): 0-2
WIN v Albion Rovers (A): 1-3 (Beith x2 and Robertson)
WIN v Raith Rovers (H): 1-0 (Beith)
WIN v Airdrieonians (H): 3-2 (Okoh x2 and Beith)
Arbroath's last five games
DRAW v Alloa Athletic (H): 0-0
WIN v Albion Rovers (H): 1-0 (Kader)
DRAW v Airdrieonians (A): 0-0
LOSS v Ayr United (A): 4-1 (McCord)
WIN v Queen's Park (H): 2-1 (Swankie and Gold)
Last time out
Stranraer lineup v Forfar Athletic: Currie. Robertson, Barron (Woods 45), Neill, Hamill, MacPherson (Dykes 45), Anderson, Turner, Beith, Thomson, Okoh (Hawkshaw 45).
Not used: McLaren, Agnew, McGowan, Lyon.
Arbroath lineup v Alloa Athletic: Hutton, Little, Hamilton, O'Brien, Martin, Whatley, Gold (Linn 63), Wallace, McKenna, Swankie (Yule 76), Kader (Denholm 64).
Not used: McIntosh, Skelly and Gomes.
JUST four of the Stranraer starting XI remain from the last time Alan Newlands refereed a game at Stair Park, as Scott Robertson, David Barron, Kyle Turner and Ryan Thomson all featured in a 3-1 victory over Stenhousemuir.
Steven Bell - now with Ayr United - opened the scoring but Ally Roy levelled things for the visitors. Thomson made it 2-1 and Joe Nuttall - now with Blackburn Rovers - scored his final goal for the club eight minutes from time.
The referee is no stranger to Arbroath either and his last involvement in one of their games came during the Angus derby with Forfar in November. David Cox would open the scoring on that occasion but the hosts would bounce back to take all three points. Leighton McIntosh levelled before the break and Bobby Linn was the man to seal the win with a stoppage time strike.
You have to go back to Christmas Eve 2016 for the last game involving Arbroath away from home and Mr Newlands. Again it was Dick Campbell's men who were the victors. This time Josh Skelly and Steven Doris scored past former Stranraer man David McGurn in a 2-0 win over a Cowdenbeath side which also featured ex-Blue Gerry McLauchlan.
In Tuesday night's Beyond the Bandstand, featuring Angus Beith on the cover:
- Chris McGowan talks Nicki Minaj, Vanilla Ice and maths
- Rob Mason looks at a surprising connection
- Max Currie discusses being back at Stair Park
All that and more, available at the turnstiles for just £2.
Entry prices are as follows:
Adults £15, Concessions (65+) £10, Secondary £5, Primary FREE.
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The Blues are back in action at Stair Park on Saturday against Alloa Athletic, as we enter the final five home games of the season.
Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish.