potm willie gibson 201702 2Willie Gibson picked up the Ladbrokes League One Player of the Month award for February then praised the impact of new boss Stevie Farrell.

The Stair Park winger was rewarded with the gong after hitting three goals and inspiring the team to an unbeaten month.

Their two wins and two draws have allowed them to move away from the relegation danger and given them an outside chance of stealing the final promotion play-off place.

And Gibson believes it's the confidence Farrell has instilled in the squad that's allowed them to forget about their poor first half of the season.

In an exclusive interview with Ladbrokes News, Gibson said: "When the manager told us I'd won, it was a pleasant surprise.
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"I'm delighted to win a personal award like that and it only shows how well Stranraer have been doing of late as well.

"It's difficult to put your finger on the change. The new manager has come in and put a new spin on things.

"The boys that were there before are the same that are playing now, but playing slightly different.

"And the one thing that's been missing is confidence and that comes from the new manager coming in and the way he talks, treats and respects the players. He puts faith in us to go out and do a job."

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1 Raith Rovers 35 74
2 Ayr United 34 73
3 Arbroath 35 59
4 Alloa Athletic 34 56
5 Stranraer 35 50
6 East Fife 35 42
7 Airdrieonians 35 41
8 Forfar Athletic 35
9 Albion Rovers 35 30
10 Queen's Park 35 28

Updated 21/4/18 at 5pm