mneill1617largeMORGYN Neill insists Stranraer were his priority on Saturday afternoon.

The defender was forced to sit on the sidelines at the weekend having joined Stranraer on loan from Livingston last month.

The terms of the deal meant he could not play against his parent club and instead he was forced to sit and watch the game from the stands at the Tony Macaroni Arena.

He said: "I want both sides to do well but I am at Stranraer just now.

"My focus is on Stranraer and I wanted the boys to get something out of the game.
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"I would have taken a draw before the game because Livingston are a strong team."

The Blues have enjoyed an impressive start under Stevie Farrell.

After dropping to the bottom of the League One table, they have picked up five points out of a possible nine and are yet to taste defeat.

The latest of the three game unbeaten run came in West Lothian, where the Blues did not just hold and frustrate the league leaders but also gave them a scare or two.

The defender said: "Obviously, I'm gutted I could not play against Livingston.

"Prior to that, I was doing well and we had kept two clean sheets and won a game.
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"I was starting to get the rhythm but obviously it is not my fault I could not play against my parent club.

"I thought the boys did well.

"Stranraer were the better team in the first half and popped the ball about Livingston for good spells.

"The second half, Livingston had a bit more pressure and they had a good few chances and claimed one was over the line but all credit to Stranraer, they did well.

"I just need to work hard in training and hopefully I am straight back into the team."
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Peterhead are the next visitors to Stair Park and a home victory would see the gap closed on the Balmoor side.

Twenty-year-old Neill stressed this time of the season was not necessarily about playing world class football but instead just getting results.

He said: "All we can do is go on Saturday and try to get three points.

"Sometimes, you can play football and you need to be ugly for 90 minutes.

"At this stage, I would rather win games than playing brilliant football and losing 1-0."

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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
9 Brechin City 20 19
10 Stenhousemuir 21 16


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)
34 - Conor O'Keefe (MID)