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THEY say 'every day is a school day' and Steven Bell is clearly a believer.

The Stranraer captain has played most of his career in central midfield but has been more of a regular at the heart of the defence in recent seasons.

A clean sheet on Saturday suggests he is learning quickly but Bell insisted there was still more to come.

He said: "It's about consistency, about people making the right decisions and about people learning.

"As much as I am 32, I am still learning.

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"I'm playing a position that is quite different.

"Although I have played under the previous manager in a back four as a centre half, I'm now playing kind of middle of a three, which is more of a sweeper role.

"I'm kind of free, I'm not really marking as much and that is different for me, so, I am still learning.

"I am learning about the players round about me, the players round about me like Morgyn Neill, Liam Dick, Kyle Turner - I could name a lot more - are learning their trade.

"You have got the likes of myself, Jamie Hamill, Cameron Belford, Scott Robertson, everybody chipping in and helping them.

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"You are constantly learning and the better these players get, the more they get to know the system and the players round about them, that is when the consistency will come."

The captain was in impressive form during Saturday's 3-0 win over Queen's Park.

After Grant Anderson opened the scoring, Bell was on hand to double the advantage with another header.

At the other end, there was also a second consecutive home clean.

He said: "The goal pleased me the most because I like scoring goals.

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"I know I am playing a centre half role now but I like scoring goals.

"I like scoring goals in training and in games.

"Stevie Farrell is obviously more pleased with the clean sheet but I will be a wee bit selfish and say I am more pleased with the goal."

The three points moved Stranraer to within a point of the play-off places, although they currently sit sixth in the Scottish League One table.

The Blues travel to Airdrie this weekend before the break for the Scottish Cup.

However, Bell was quick to stress the league table was never decided in October or November.

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He added: "You want to stay within the pack and see what happens.

"The crucial time is round about January, February, March - they are your big times, after Christmas.

"There are a lot of games, a lot of tough games, pitches are not great to play on and that is maybe when you can pick up a few injuries and suspensions."

SPFL 3L1 6474

POS
TEAM PLD
PTS
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
18
9 Brechin City 16 16
10 Stenhousemuir 17 15


Fixtures

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)