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TWO-GOAL hero Ryan Thomson has urged his team to come out of the traps quickly if they are to get back to winning ways.

The Blues have left themselves with a mountain to climb in their last two games.

Away to Clyde in the IRN-BRU Cup, they trailed 2-0 with half an hour to play before coming back to eventually win the tie in extra time - thanks in part to the introduction of Thomson.

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Then, on Saturday, they trailed 3-1 to Ayr United with 11 minutes to go before managing to level things - only to lose 4-3.

Thomson, who struck twice against the league leaders, was hoping to get back to winning ways against Queen's Park and to keep the Spiders away from their goal.

He said: "We cannot keep giving ourselves that much to do.

"To score three goals at home to Ayr, who look as if they are going to be one of the better teams in the league, you would think that should be enough.

"But at the end of the day it was not.

"You get back from 3-1 and you think you are going to get at least something from it.

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"You actually think you are the ones who look like they are going to go on and get the fourth goal.

"Their goal is a bit of a kick in the teeth, but these things happen in football and we just need to try to get it out of our heads and kick on to the next game."

There are positives to take from the performance against Ian McCall's side.

Stranraer matched the freescoring league leaders for chunks of the game but, ultimately, it was the defensive side of things that let the hosts down.

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The Blues have now conceded four goals on three occasions this season, although each has come against full-time opposition - Livingston, St Mirren and Ayr United.

Thomson, who is now in his third season at Stair Park, stressed the goals against column was the responsibility of the entire team and not just the back four.

He said: "We defend as a team - it is not just the defence.

"Just now, we are conceding a few to be fair, so, we will need to see how to put it right.

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"It is down to the team - from the strikers, to the midfield, right down to the defence - we will just need to have a look and see how we can make it right."

The 26-year-old's two goals on Saturday came after he was pushed up front to support Ryan Wallace.

The position is not unfamiliar to Thomson, who started his career up front with Dunfermline.

Since then, he has played off the striker, as well as a holding midfielder, out wide and even as a full back.

The Glasgow-based utility man insisted the variety of positions was not a problem.

He said: "It's been like that my whole career.

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"I've played centre mid, I've played in the hole, I've played up front - so, I am kind of used to it now!

"It is not as if it is something different anymore but it would be nice to get a wee run of games in the same position!

"But, like I say, if the gaffer wants me to play up front, wide or centre midfield, I'll play anywhere."

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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)
24 - Conor O'Keefe (MID)