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NEW SIGNING Joao Victoria has vowed to keep on finding the net to fire Stranraer to safety.

The striker joined on loan from Airdrie last week and scored on his debut against East Fife.

That was not enough to see Stranraer take all three points but Victoria wants to add more goals and assists between now and the end of the season.

He said: “I don’t know about numbers but I want to keep adding as many as I can.

“It is a tough, tough league but we have got to try our best all the time.

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“I am aiming for goals whenever I can.

“I don’t know how many I can score but hopefully a few goals.”

The 29-year-old has been a target for Stevie Farrell for several months and admitted he came within hours of joining the club in the summer.

He said: “I nearly joined the club in the summer but obviously I chose Airdrie.

“It was easier for me but in football you never know.

“I am here and I am happy.

“There is more to come so hopefully I can help the team going forward and try to add more goals to the club.

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“I was really, really close to joining the club – maybe a day away.”

When Stranraer tried again to sign Victoria earlier this month, the frontman decided the time was right.

Already, he has scored eight goals for Airdrie this term, including against Stranraer at the Penny Cars Stadium.

His first goal in the blue and white of Stranraer came in the second half against East Fife on Saturday.

That was enough to put the Blues 3-1 up before the lead slipped through their fingers and Darren Young’s men left with all three points after a 4-3 win.

Speaking after the full time whistle, he said: “I’m really delighted with scoring and to help the team.

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“But, obviously, I’m disappointed for us losing the game.

“I’m really happy with my performance today and maybe I should have had another goal or two.

“One is good enough though.”

Now, he is looking to use that impressive form and wants to build on his debut goal when Stenhousemuir visit Stair Park this Saturday.

The striker was hoping for a big crowd and to use home advantage in Stranraer’s favour.

He said: “We’ve got to take the home advantage and do the best we can and we need to try to perform.

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“We actually played well today, just unfortunately we conceded the goals.

“We have to try our best to play well and do our best for the fans and the manager as well.

“We have got to forget today's game, work hard in training this week and prepare for Saturday.”

Photos: Stranraer FC, Bill McCandlish

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Arbroath 25 59
2 Raith Rovers 25 43
3 Forfar Athletic 26 43
4 East Fife 23 38
5 Montrose 26 35
6 Airdrieonians 26 31
7 Dumbarton 25 27
8 Stranraer 24 27
9 Brechin City 24 25
10 Stenhousemuir 24 22


Fixtures

2018/19 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
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 - Joao Victoria (STR)
10 - Ali McCann (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)