Stranraer boss Jamie Hamill keeps belief after Edinburgh City defeat

Stranraer boss Jamie Hamill says he still believes he has the players to turn the Blues’ fortunes around despite another home defeat.

By Ian MacLean
Wednesday, 15th September 2021, 10:12 am
Updated Thursday, 16th September 2021, 12:47 pm

Saturday’s 1-0 loss to Edinburgh City was their their third defeat in six League 2 matches this season, with all three reverses coming at Stair Park.

In contrast, Stranraer are unbeaten on their travels, having taken four points from their three away games so far.

The Blues were left to rue a host of missed opportunities as a sucker-punch goal 10 minutes from time by Ouzy See saw City depart with all three points.

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Hamill’s side are at home again this Saturday, when they welcome a Stenhousemuir side who moved off the foot of the table – and above Stranraer, now second bottom – with their first win of the campaign at Annan on Saturday.

The Blues gaffer says there wasn’t much wrong with his side’s efforts against City so he found coming away with nothing from the game hard to take.

He said: “The boys were fantastic today, just exactly what we were looking for on the back of the Partick Thistle game.

“We equipped ourselves really well then and even more so today. I'm in disbelief because of the amount of chances we created.

“It’s so frustrating because you watch the boys in training, everybody comes in with a smile on their face and they hit the target all the time.

“They’re constantly scoring goals and so bubbly and then when you go into that dressing room everybody’s so deflated.

“Full credit to the boys because they didn’t stop and kept working. We hit the post and it’s just wee silly things that aren’t falling for us

“It’s hard. I’ve been through it as a player and you can tell in games when you’ve done really well and you’re in the dressing room deflated wondering when it’s going to turn.

“We just need to dust them down and brush up on a couple of wee things.

“It’s frustrating when you lose a soft goal inside the six-yard box, and if you look back, we’ve had four or five of them and it’s just not fallen for us.

“The players are baffled at how they didn’t even get a point, but that comes from me now.

“I need to pick the players up and get them in the right mindset against Stenny.”