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PLENTY has been written about Stranraer’s fighting spirit and character this campaign, but Max Currie wants his team to stop the comebacks.


The Blues have come from behind to take a point against Raith Rovers, Brechin City and East Fife in recent months.

However, they have not won a game where the opposition scored first since March last year, when they defeated Arbroath 3-2 at Gayfield.

Currie wants to put a stop to the fightbacks and start leading from the front.

He said: “If we concede one or more goals, we don’t really win games.

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“I’m trying to think of the last time we won a game after coming from a goal down.

“Unless we keep it tight at the back and keep a clean sheet, we have not really won a lot of games.

“You look at Arbroath away in the Scottish Cup, Montrose at home the last time – we won the games and it was because of our clean sheets.

“I just think if the opposition score first we find it very hard to get a couple of goals back.

“We’re not the kind of team that can do that very well.”

The Blues have conceded 26 goals from 19 games this term, putting their defensive record on a par with Raith Rovers and Airdrieonians and only behind Arbroath.

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However, with only 22 goals at the other end, it means Stranraer need to keep things tight at the back on a regular basis if they want to take anything from the game.

Currie said: “We came back to get a point at the end of the game against East Fife.

“It feels good but it is only a point.

“If you keep it tight you can win the game.”

Martin Rennie scored twice from the penalty spot for Montrose on Saturday as Stranraer went down 2-1.

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It is a defeat which leaves the Blues in seventh spot and five points behind their rivals, although victory in their game in hand against Brechin City would close the gap on the play-off chasing teams.

Currie managed to get his fingertips to the first penalty before Rennie sent him the wrong way on the second occasion.

Stranraer managed to pull one back through Innes Cameron in the second half but could not find a way through the Montrose defence for an equaliser, despite the goalkeeper pushing up as far as the halfway line for set pieces.

He said: “It is something I am willing to do but it is always in the back of your mind that if I slip then they have got an empty goal.

“I don’t really like doing it but if I get told from the sidelines, I will go and do it.”

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 21 52
2 Raith Rovers 21 39
3 East Fife 21 35
4 Forfar Athletic 21 33
5 Airdrieonians 21 30
6 Montrose 21 28
7 Stranraer 20 23
8 Dumbarton 21
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9 Brechin City 20 19
10 Stenhousemuir 21 16


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)
11 - Grant Anderson (M/S)
12 - Ian Smith (MID)

13 - Lyle Avci (GK)
14 - Cameron Elliott (MID)
17 - David Smith (D/M)
18 - Innes Cameron (STR)
20 - PJ Crossan (STR)

22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Adam Cummins (DEF)
24 - Conor O'Keefe (MID)