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STRANRAER’S defensive record may have come under fire in recent weeks but the Blues can now boast back to back clean sheets.

The goals were going in at both ends, with nine scored in six matches but more worryingly 22 conceded in the same period.

However, consecutive clean sheets have suggested things are turning round.

Stevie Farrell was quick to praise his side for their defensive showings in a draw against Forfar and victory over Montrose, with Adam Cummins a key part of those two results.

The 25 year old has become a firm fixture at the heart of the defence and did his bit against Stewart Petrie’s side on Saturday as the Blues picked up their first three points of the campaign.

Speaking just minutes after the full time whistle on Saturday, he said: “We felt we needed to build on last week after a good performance and a clean sheet.

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“It was the same again this week.

“Obviously, we got the clean sheet and scored a couple of goals, which is good, and got the three points.

“You have just got to keep going and doing what you are doing.

“We were not far away before but there are fine lines in League One.

“So, you have just got to keep doing what you are doing, working hard and the results will, hopefully, come as they did today.

“Now, we look to build on that as well.”

David Brownlie and Grant Anderson’s goals before the 20-minute mark had the Blues in command, with Montrose needing to find a way back into the game.

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However, the Stranraer defence held firm for their first clean sheet at Stair Park since the end of March when Scott Agnew and Ross Lyon scored in a 2-0 win over Forfar.

Cummins and his colleagues were willing to throw themselves in front of anything, with the former Motherwell man keen to point out it was not just his defensive team-mates doing their bit.

He said: “I am a big believer in defending and attacking as a team.

“Obviously, a defender is there to defend more than the attackers but something the manager has been going on about is that, when we go out there, we are 11 men together.

“You have got to defend at the front to help the defenders.”

Stranraer travel to Airdrie this coming Saturday before welcoming Stenhousemuir and East Fife to Stair Park.

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Home advantage could prove crucial in those later games but Cummins only had a focus on a trip to The Penny Cars Stadium.

He added: “We just take each game as it comes.

“We are not looking too far ahead – we have just got to get all our focus on next Saturday.

“It is a tough game, you take each game as it comes and every game is tough in its own way.”

One man who is swelling the numbers at Stair Park on a regular basis though is Adam’s dad, Mike.

The central defender said: “My dad comes up – he was not up today – but he drives up and down to Stranraer from Liverpool.

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“He has always followed me, he always will and it is good to have that support as well.

“He will be disappointed to miss the win but I’ll be telling him to stay at home every week if we get a 2-0 win."

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 9 21
2 Raith Rovers 9 17
3 East Fife 9 16
4 Brechin City 9 13
5 Stranraer 9 12
6 Airdrieonians 9 10
7 Stenhousemuir 9 9
8 Forfar Athletic 9
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9 Dumbarton 9 8
10 Montrose 9 8


Fixtures

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)
9 - Isaac Layne (STR)

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)