Stranraer look to bounce back at Airdrie

Stranraer boss Stephen Aitken is hoping his side can bounce back this weekend when they travel to Airdrie.

The Blues remain top of League One, but suffered a disappointing 2-0 loss at Stair Park on Saturday against fellow title challengers Brechin.

Aitken said: “We were beaten by the better team on the day and Brechin deserved to win but we were disappointed in the way we played as we know we can a lot better than that.

“The two goals we lost was the most disappointing thing as it was two bad mistakes but overall we never did enough to win the game.”

Stranraer drew 3-3 with Airdrieonians earlier in the season in Lanarkshire and Aitken believes his side are in for another tough game.

“David Mitchell played with a broken finger in that game so obviously there were issues regarding that.

“We were well on top and scored early doors but credit to Airdrie they battled away and made it hard for us and you know that’s what you are going to get up there.

“There are no easy games in this league and you look at Stirling and Ayr picking up points as well as Stenhousemuir beating us but we know we have to bounce back at Airdrie on Saturday.”

Aitken gave new signing Jon McShane his first start against Brechin and has been impressed by the former East Fife man.

“I thought Jon did well and worked hard and it’s important to give new signings some game time.

“He’s been doing well in training and gives us another option.”

With the transfer window deadline looming closer Aitken says he is looking to strengthen the Stranraer defence.

“I’ll be looking about to see what’s out there and I’ll be speaking to as many people as I can.

“If the right person is out there then we can do business but this squad has been the best for 21 games so far.

“I am keen to strengthen in defence though as we are a bit short in that area so I’m looking at what is out there.”