03 Livingston W

STEVIE Farrell is urging his team to make Stair Park a fortress once again.

Any club looking to have a good season will need strong home form and Stranraer are looking to copy that model ahead of the League One campaign.

Farrell took over at the end of January and ensured Stair Park was a tough venue for opposing teams, with the Blues losing just one of Farrell's eight home games last term.

Livingston - the only team to win last season at Stair Park under Farrell - are the visitors tomorrow (Tuesday) evening in the third round of fixtures in the Betfred Cup.

The Stair Park boss said: "It is a hard game.

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"Livingston have started really, really well.

"Obviously, they are buoyed by getting promoted to the Championship and we know it is a difficult game against a Championship side.

"But we have got to make Stair Park a difficult place to come like we did last year when I came in.

"We did not make it that difficult for St Mirren in the last game and we will look to improve on that.

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"If we can go and apply ourselves right then I am sure we can go and be competitive in that game."

The Blues were the odd team out on Saturday in Betfred Cup Group H, with Livingston taking on Airdrie and Partick Thistle facing off against St Mirren.

The free weekend allowed the manager to field three trialists in Saturday's 1-1 friendly draw with Cumbernauld Colts, which Farrell described as a "decent workout".

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He said: "We wanted to keep ticking over, that was the most important thing and we wanted to have a look at a couple of things.

"We had a few trialists come on board that were recommended to us.

"I just think we are lacking a little bit of luck just now.

"We miss a penalty in the first half in a game where we have so much possession.

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"I thought we created a wee bit more chances in the first half and thought we made their goalkeeper work more, which was pleasing.

"We just don't seem to have that wee bit of luck but I have told the players in the changing room that we cannot feel sorry for ourselves.

"We have just got to keep on, keep playing and it will come.

"I am a great believer that you make your own luck and it does even itself out over a season."

Cameron Belford, David Barron and Ryan Thomson all watched from the sidelines at Broadwood Stadium as a stoppage time goal from a Stranraer trialist ensured the spoils were shared.

Belford and Barron will both miss out tomorrow evening through suspension after being sent off against Airdrie last Tuesday evening.

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Max Currie played the full 90 minutes against the Lowland League side and will be hoping to catch his manager's eye against Livingston.

Farrell said: "One man's misfortune is another man's fortune - this is Max getting an opportunity.

"I thought he did great, he did not have a lot to do, to be fair.

"He had one save in the whole game and picked the ball out the net for the penalty.

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"The save that he made was really good.

"He is a capable goalkeeper and I don't have any fear at all about throwing him in."

Meanwhile, the manager was confident Thomson would be involved against Livingston after previously suffering a slight knock.

Last meeting
Stranraer 0-1 Livingston
18 March 2017

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LUCK was not on Stranraer's side the last time the two sides met.

Stranraer came into the tie on the back of a seven-game unbeaten run and had crept away from the bottom of the table. Scott Agnew, Scott Robertson and Craig Malcolm all had chances before the decisive goal, which came just six minutes from time.

Substitute Nicky Cadden's mishit shot was collected by Liam Buchanan, who had the reactions to bring the ball under control and fire towards goal. Cameron Belford blocked the first effort but the ball fell straight back to the striker, who buried it at the second attempt.

The Blues attempted to get back into it, with Craig Pettigrew volleying over in stoppage time. Ultimately, Livi would hold on for the three points and go on to wrap up promotion.

Stranraer: Belford, Robertson, Dick, Pettigrew, Bell, Agnew, Wilson (Turner 64), Thomson, Gibson, Malcolm (Kemp 86), McGuigan (Kassarate 71).
Not used: Morena, Barron, McGowan and Currie.

Livingston: Kelly, Longridge, Lithgow, Halkett, Gallagher, Mullin, Pittman, Millar, Buchanan (Sampson 88), Mullen (Crighton 82), Todorov (Cadden 62).
Not used: Sinclair, Ogilvie, Knox and Maley.

Last five meetings

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- 0-1 (Buchanan) at Stair Park on March 18, 2017
- 0-0 at Tony Macaroni Arena on February 11, 2017
- 1-2 (Gibson; Carrick and De Vita) at Stair Park on December 10, 2016
- 5-1 (Pittman x2, Mullen and Buchanan x2 (1 Pen); Malcolm) at Tony Macaroni Arena on August 6, 2016
- 4-3 (Buchanan, White, Mullen and Halkett; Cairney, Dick and Longworth) at Tony Macaroni Arena on May 7, 2016

Stranraer's last five games

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Cumbernauld Colts (A): 1-1 (Trialist)
Airdrieonians (A): 3-1 (Robertson)
St Mirren (H): 1-4 (Agnew)
FC Twente (H): 0-5
Partick Thistle (N): 4-2 (Thomson, Agnew x2 and Anderson)

Livingston's last five games

Airdrieonians (H): 2-0 (Mackin and Halkett)
St Mirren (A): 0-1 (Carrick)
Partick Thistle (H): 1-1 (Jacobs) - Won on penalties
Sunderland (H): 0-3
Kilmarnock (A): 1-0

Last time out

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Stranraer lineup v Cumbernauld Colts: Currie, Hamill, Dick, Robertson (B Trialist 45), Neill, Lang (Bell 45), Anderson, A Trialist, Wallace (Stoney 51), Agnew (C Trialist 60), Woods (Okoh 60).
Not used: Barron and D Trialist.

Livingston lineup v Airdrieonians: Alexander, Lithgow, Halkett, Gallagher, Byrne, Pittman (Hamilton 68), Mullin (Jacobs 45), Longridge, De Vita, Mackin, Todorov (Peters 56).
Not used: Cadden, Robinson and Maley.


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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)
9 - Isaac Layne (STR)

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)