Stranraer boss Stevie Farrell hoping to complete the job with play-offs success
Stranraer boss Stevie Farrell has urged his players to finish the job after seeing them qualify for the League 2 promotion play-offs.
Tuesday night’s 2-1 win over Edinburgh City at Stair Park ensured the Blues will take place in the four-team play-offs along with the capital side, fellow promotion hopefuls Elgin City and either Clyde or Dumbarton from League 1.
Farrell says he has always had faith in his players to deliver a play-off place – and now wants to see them go all the way and clinch a quickfire return to League 1 after last season’s demotion.
Stranraer went into the match in fifth place after conceding a stoppage time equaliser in a 2-2 draw at Stirling Albion on Saturday.
A draw against Edinburgh would still have been enough to make the play-offs, but goals by Andy Stirling and Thomas Orr – either side of a Scott Robertson own goal – gave Stranraer the win.
“I'm delighted for the boys,” said Farrell. “I've never doubted them all season.
"The play-offs were always our objective and they're in there and deservedly so.
"It's been a fantastic season so far - but it's no use getting to a play-off and just accepting that we're there.
"We now want to go and try and win that play-off. Every team in the play-off will be the same so that's our goal now.
"We had an objective to get in the top five and we achieved that, we had an objective to get in the top four and we achieved that and now our objective is go and win a semi-final of a play-off.
"I thought the boys were excellent tonight, we managed the game. We lost a sloppy goal but we weathered that storm well.
"They hit the post but we came back, we played our way through it and I thought we looked better again.
"We scored the second goal at a right good time and in the second half I didn't think we were in any danger.
"We learned from Saturday when we were so disappointed to lose a late equaliser. We spoke about it before the game, if we did get a period again where we did get ourselves in front we needed to manage it better and to be fair to the players they did.
"I thought in the second half we were in total control. They didn't cause us any problems and we even had chances to extend our lead.
"But it doesn't matter. We had a job to do and got it done.”