Stranraer facing big week in title race

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Stranraer boss Stephen Aitken is hoping his side can bounce back as they prepare for a massive week in the League One title race.

Saturday saw Stranraer slip to a 2-0 defeat against fellow title chasers Morton leaving them only a point ahead of the Greenock side and Forfar.

Brechin have also moved into the title mix after beating Dunfermline 1-0 on Tuesday and are only four points behind Stranraer with a game in hand.

Commenting on the defeat Aitken said: “The goal Morton got before half time probably turned the game for them.

“Up until then I had been pleased with our general play and felt we had been controlling the game.

“We’ve unfortunately made an individual error on the stroke of half time and that has cost us despite being the better side.”

Dunfermline are Saturday’s opponents and despite falling ten points behind Stranraer are still harbouring title ambitions.

Aitken said: “Dunfermline might see it as a must win game but the important thing is that we focus on what we do.

“I’ve been pleased with the performances over the last two or three weeks and in football you can’t win every game and that’s what Saturday was like.”

Tuesday night sees Stranraer head to Stenhousemuir in a rearranged game to face a side they haven’t beaten yet this season.

“Nothing is won at this stage of the season and the fact is that these are 10 or 11 cup finals for all the teams that think they can win the league and we’re just happy that right now we’re in the mix.

“I’ve always said that the the best team at the end of the season will be be top of the table.

“We know we weren’t good enough against Stenhousemuir when they beat us at home but to be honest I haven’t looked as far ahead as that game yet.

“The Dunfermline game on Saturday is the one where our focus lies at the moment and then we can start looking at the Stenhousemuir game after that.”