Stranraer boss Stevie Farrell not complaining over hectic schedule

The games just keep on coming for Stranraer’s players and boss Stevie Farrell with Saturday’s home match against Edinburgh City the first of four games in just eight days.

By Ian MacLean
Wednesday, 7th April 2021, 2:39 pm
Matty Yates in action for Stranraer against Brechin City

It’s a spell which ends with another home game against a capital side, big guns Hibs in the Scottish Cup the following Saturday.

And in between Farrell’s side have two more League 2 fixtures, at Stirling Albion on Tuesday and at home to Stenhousemuir next Thursday.

That workload which would stretch most full-time squads, let alone part-time players like those at Stranraer But Farrell isn’t one for complaining.

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He said: "It is what it is. It's not ideal but it's no use moaning and groaning about it. We've got four games next week, there's other teams that have played four games in a week, and we've just got to get on with it and use the squad the best we possibly can and try and win as many games and pick up as many points as we can during this hectic schedule.

"It's not normal but that's the way it is."

Stranraer’s latest two matches were both up north and brought mixed results, Saturday’s dramatic 3-1 Scottish Cup win at Brora Rangers followed by a 2-1 league loss at Elgin on Tuesday.

Farrell’s side needed a late equaliser at Brora to force extra-time, but the Blues boss felt his side were good value for their win over Highland League conquerors of Hearts, beaten finalists in the previous two seasons.

He said: “We're a fit, strong side and we finish games really well; even against Elgin we were pressing right up to the 95th minute, and that was after two arduous journeys up there in the space of four days.

"The Brora result was a fantastic result, well deserved on the day and the lads have earned their right to play Hibs in the fourth round.

"Up at Elgin I thought we were the better side for large parts of the game, for 85 minutes.

"We switch off twice but if we take our chances in the first half we go in with a comfortable lead at half-time. We miss a penalty, we miss other chances.

"We're certainly playing well enough and creating chances, we just need to take them and if we start doing that I'm sure we'll be absolutely fine."