Stenny 14 Jan 2017 001MUCH of Craig Pettigrew's first spell at Stranraer was focused on a potential promotion to the Championship.

The Blues have lost out in the promotion playoffs in the last three seasons but now find themselves rooted to the bottom of the league table.

Promotion might seem unlikely this time around but the defender, who rejoined the club from Dumbarton earlier this month, feels the team can certainly climb the league to safety.

He said: "I would say our position is a false position.

"I have just returned to the club and, obviously, with the boys I have known from last season, you look at 1-11 on the teamsheet and it is up there with the best in the league.

"It has just not worked out that way this season.

"Even when I was down here with Dumbarton earlier in the season it was a difficult game and Stranraer got the better of us.
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"We are a lot more capable than the first half of the season shows.

"The boys know that and we have to step it up over the last 15 games.

"We can only take it one game at a time, it's an old cliché, and see where we can go from there.

"We have got every belief in the boys and the management team."

Stevie Farrell takes charge for the first time this weekend when his side travel to New Bayview to face East Fife.

Jamie Insall's double was the difference between the two sides last time out in Fife as Stranraer returned from Methill empty handed.

Pettigrew added: "East Fife are on a great run and are the form team in the league.

"We are away from home as well and it is really difficult game.

"We are under no illusions but we need the points.

"It is a massive game for us and we want to get a good start under Stevie.

"We want to pick up three points because if you don't start picking up points then the games start dwindling away."
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Farrell's appointment means Pettigrew will be playing under the former St Mirren midfielder for the third time, having worked under him in his previous spell at Stranraer and then at Dumbarton.

Pettigrew was keen to stress he had also been on the winning side when he played for Auchinleck Talbot against Farrell's Cumnock Juniors team.

It all means 30-year-old Pettigrew knows Farrell as well as anyone at the club.

He said: "He knows a lot of the boys and I have every faith that the boys will react to his coaching methods.

"Even on Tuesday night, the boys seemed to really enjoy the session and that is going to help us in the long-term."

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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)