Please note: Tuesday's match has now been postponed. We'll have a rearranged date when available.

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STEVIE Farrell has reiterated Stranraer will be in League One again next season, despite the poor run of form.

The Blues were due to welcome Stenhousemuir on Saturday afternoon, but Stair Park failed a pitch inspection on Friday.

The tie has now been rearranged for Tuesday evening, with the squad now heading into a training session instead.

Farrell said: “The players need to realise the reality of the situation.

“We have got to be real with the players.

“They will know when you are being truthful and realistic with the position we are in.

“We know we are in a dogfight and we are where we don’t want to be.

“But we are also three or four results away from a decent position in the league.

“We keep telling them where we want to go and letting them believe that is where they will go.”

One plus from the postponement is the fact it gives Adam Cummins another few days to get fully fit.

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The defender was a slight doubt for Saturday’s scheduled match with a groin injury but should be ready to play on Tuesday evening, alongside Mark Lamont who has shaken off an ankle injury.

However, the prognosis is not quite so good for Ian Smith, who was involved in the warm-up for last weekend’s clash with East Fife.

Farrell said: “Ian broke down this week in training.

“We have got a finite squad of 18 players.

“We want them all fit and available to give us as many options as we can.

“With players out that becomes 16 or 17 and we want to get him back.

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“I am disappointed for him and he is desperate to get back.”

Stranraer will be looking to use home advantage on Tuesday evening to get back to winning ways.

Three points would help them pull clear of the bottom three spots, with a game in hand as well.

Farrell was disappointed to lose last time out against East Fife but stressed there were positives to take from the game.

He said: “For 65 minutes, we were better than the team in third.

“We were winning 2-0 and 3-1 and we were the better side.

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“We switched off and we made individual mistakes and lost the game.

“I can focus on 25 minutes and get myself down and despondent but this is not a squad of players getting beat week in week out and detached at the bottom of the table.

“We have not been in the bottom three all season.

“This is a squad that we need to get them to believe again and make sure they don’t make individual errors and make sure the season will turn.

“They are sitting with a decent points total and there is no reason they cannot improve on that.”

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POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
1 Falkirk 3 7
2 Raith Rovers 3 6
3 Forfar Athletic 2 6
4 Airdrieonians 3 6
5 Stranraer 3 4
6 Dumbarton 3 3
7 East Fife 2 2
8 Peterhead 3 2
9 Montrose 3 1
10 Clyde 3 1


Fixtures

2019/20 Squad

1 - Max Currie (GK)
2 - Scott Robertson (DEF)
3 - Jordan Allan (DEF)
4 - Adam Cummins (DEF)
5 - Lee Hamilton (DEF)
6 - Connor McManus (MID)
7 - James Hilton (MID)
8 - Grant Gallagher (MID)
9 - Mark Stewart (STR)
10 - Leon Murphy (MID)
11 - Ian Smith (MID)
12 - Carlo Pignatiello (MID)
14 - Cameron Elliott (STR)
15 - Robert Jones (STR)

17 - David Smith (DEF)
18 - David Dangana (STR)
21 - Dale Burgess (GK)
22 - Jamie Hamill (DEF)
23 - Ryan Thomson (MID)