Aberdeen fixture FB THEY say: "A week is a long time in football" and the last seven days have shown that to be exactly at the case at Stranraer Football Club.

Brian Reid left the post as manager on Monday, with Chris Aitken taking the helm on an interim basis and Stevie Farrell was appointed earlier today (Friday), with a view to taking over next week.

Aitken, who will be joined in the dugout at Pittodrie tomorrow (Saturday) by Eric Phillips, David Johnstone and Matthew Wallace, said: "It's been hectic but it has been good.

"It has been so busy and the days have just flown in and the game is upon us tomorrow."

Focusing on the match, the Blues will be without Craig Pettigrew and Joe Nuttall.
cpettigrew1516smallPettigrew, who returned to the club earlier this month, is cup tied having featured for Dumbarton against Bonnyrigg Rose while Nuttall's loan has expired.

Aitken said: "They don't come any tougher than what we have got to face tomorrow but I have said all week that we have got to go and believe we can go and put a good performance in.

"In my career, you dreamt for these sort of cup ties.

"There are maybe guys that are going to turn up tomorrow and might not get to go and play at Pittodrie again.

"My career was 16 years as a professional and I never played there.

"We know we have got to put in a good performance there and we all know the task is enormous but funny things happen in football.

"We will go tomorrow and give it our all."

The caretaker boss described it as "a bonus game" where there was little pressure on the Blues, with few outside the club expecting them to take anything from the tie.
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Aitken expected to talk to Dons boss Derek McInnes after the game about Nuttall's future but is boosted by the return of Steven Bell and Willie Gibson, while Morgyn Neill did not feature for Livingston in the previous round and is eligible for the tie.

The manager was looking to players like Bell, Gibson and Scott Robertson to lead when the players take to the pitch.

He said: "They are huge players.

"I have emphasised all week in training and I have reiterated that these guys are massive for us to help the young boys get through the game.

"They are massive in the warm up and during the game to make sure that guys don't get caught up in the occasion and just play the game."

Farrell, who spent two and a half years at Stranraer as Stevie Aitken's number two, will finish his time with Dumbarton tomorrow when the club host Queen of the South.
Chris Aitken revealed he had already been in touch with the former Cumnock boss.

He said: "I've spoken to Stevie Farrell all week since it has been in the pipeline.

"I have got a great relationship with Stevie and he asked me to be number two and I'm delighted to be as from Monday.

"I have spoken to him today about how we go tomorrow and how we go forward.

"I'm delighted to be part of his plans and still be at the club.

"I've got a lot of affection for the club and I think we can still achieve some great things over the coming years."

Aitken described the new manager as "the best choice the club could make" and highlighted Farrell's knowledge of the club, how it worked and a number of the players.

At the same time, he was quick to thank Reid for the past 18 months.
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He added: "Losing a job is the worst bit in football - you don't want to see anybody losing their job.

"It is the sport we all love and we know the consequences and unfortunately people lose their job.

"You see the top managers in the world losing their job and it is not nice.

"I can only thank Brian for what he did for me over the last 18 months.

"He put in a hell of a lot of work in watching games every second day and trying to get players in.

"I have spoken to Brian several times since it happened and he knows how football works.

"Hopefully, we will see him back in the game sooner rather than later."
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The Blues had already won two ties to reach the third round of the Scottish League Cup and set up the match with Jimmy Calderwood's team. Former Dons frontman Leigh Hinds had scored the only goal of the game against East Fife in the first round before an impressive 3-1 victory over Dundee. Hinds was again on target, alongside Allan Jenkins and David Hamilton. Meanwhile, Aberdeen had knocked out Berwick Rangers, with Jamie Winter adding to Stevie Lovell's brace in the previous round.

It is often said that a solid start is needed in cup games if there is going to be a shock and the scores were blank at half time at Stair Park. In fact, Stranraer could have taken the lead but Lee Sharp struck the post. However, Jamie Smith scored 12 minutes into the second half and fellow Scotland international Barry Nicholson added a second ten minutes later to ensure there would be no cup shock.

The Stranraer team that day was: Corr, Swift, Wingate, Sharp (Higgins), Henderson, Keddie, Aitken (Ross), Hamilton, Jenkins, Moore, Hinds (Shields). Not used: Morrison and Walker.

Last meetings

- 0-2 at Stair Park in Scottish League Cup 20/9/05
- 1-0 (Shearer) at Pittodrie in Scottish Cup 28/1/95
- 1-0 (Shearer) at Pittodrie in Scottish League Cup 17/8/94
- 4-0 (Irvine, Van de Ven and Mason x2) at Pittodrie in Scottish League Cup 29/8/90
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Stranraer's last five games

Stenhousemuir (A): 1-0
Alloa Athletic (H): 1-2 (C Thomson)
Queen's Park (A): 0-1 (Gibson)
Airdrieonians (H): 1-2 (Agnew)
Brechin City (A): 2-0

Aberdeen's last five games

Hearts (A): 0-1 (Hayes)
Hamilton Academicals (H): 2-1 (Taylor and Rooney)
Motherwell (A): 1-3 (Shinnie, Rooney and McGinn)
Ross County (A): 2-1 (McGinn)
St Johnstone (H): 0-0
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Last time out

Stranraer lineup v Stenhousemuir: Belford, Barron, Dick, Robertson, Neill, Pettigrew (Whittaker 70), Wilson, Turner (Thomson 63), Nuttall (McGuigan 63), Agnew, Malcolm.
Not used: Maley, Morena and Currie.

Aberdeen lineup v Hearts: Lewis, Logan, Shinnie, Considine, Taylor, Reynolds, McLean, McGinn (O'Connor 87), Hayes, Jack, Rooney.
Not used: Burns, Pawlett, Maddison, Stockley, Storey and Alexander.

Pittodrie information

The ground is located in the North part of the city (close to Old Aberdeen) and near to the coast line. It is close to the A956 King Street. Away supporter parking is mostly found to the South and East of the stadium. Parking restriction apply to many of the streets in the immediate vicinity of the stadium. Park and Ride facilities are available from various locations on the outskirts of the city, These would be mixed support.
North of City - Bridge of Don Park & Ride departs 45 minutes before kick-off and drops off at Ardarroch Road. Return journey leaves 10 minutes after full time; fare is 50p return pay the driver. The coach going to Bridge of Don leaves from the bus stop outside the graveyard on King Street.

South of City - Souter Head Road
Departs 60 minutes before kick-off and drops off at Ardarroch Road. Return journey leaves 10 minutes after full time; fare is £1.00 return pay the driver.

West of City - Kingswells Park & Ride
Service departs 60 minutes before kick-off and drops off at Ardarroch Road. Return journey leaves 10 minutes after full time; fare is £1.50 return pay the driver.

The coaches going to Kingswells & Altens leave from the bus stop on King Street at the top of Merkland Road East.

Aberdeen Train station is in the city centre and is about a 25 minute walk to the stadium. Regular buses run the route to the stadium and taxis are easily obtained.

From The South:
Follow the A90 towards Aberdeen. Just South of Aberdeen join the A956. Stay on the A956 through Aberdeen crossing the River Dee and eventually you will come to Pittodrie on your right. Football traffic signs will assist buses, in particular, which are guided to the away bus parking area.

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1 Arbroath 17 45
2 Raith Rovers 17 32
3 East Fife 17 26
4 Forfar Athletic 17 24
5 Montrose 17 21
6 Airdrieonians 17 20
7 Stranraer 16 20
8 Dumbarton 17
9 Brechin City 16 16
10 Stenhousemuir 17 15


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)
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)