Aitken looking to bounce back from cup loss

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Stranraer boss Stephen Aitken is hoping his side can bounce back from their Scottish Cup exit by beating Peterhead on Saturday.

The Blues boss said clinical finishing was the difference as Dundee United ran out 3-0 winners on Sunday at Stair Park.

Aitken said: “They were clinical in front of goal and took their chances when they came which is what the top teams do.

“In terms of general play I thought we matched them well though I was disappointed in the way we lost the first two goals.

“I was happy with my players from start to finish. In the first 20 minutes we were the better side and we’ve just had a bad ten minute spell.

“We’ve ended up with a lot of possession and more shots at goal than them.”

Stranraer are back in league business on Saturday when they host Peterhead at Stair Park as they bid to stay top of League One.

Stranraer are one point ahead of Forfar Athletic and two clear of Morton as the battle for promotion to the Championship starts to really heat up.

“The cup is gone now though we enjoyed our run in the competition and it has made the club a lot of money but our focus is now firmly on the league.

“This is a crucial period coming up with us playing Morton and Dunfermline soon and the teams around us facing each other too such as Morton going to Brechin on Saturday.”

Aitken’s side have faced Peterhead three times this season and have emerged as winners every time so far but the Blues boss is under no illusions.

“Peterhead will be a tough game on Saturday as they have a lot of experienced players and an experienced manager.

“We were training well on Tuesday night and the players will be ready for the game on Saturday.

“There are no injury worries or suspensions in the squad and we feel we are in a good place right now but we are just taking one game at a time.”