Stranraer hit top of the league

Stranraer boss Stephen Aitken admits he is surprised his side are top of League One at Christmas but has praised his players run of recent form.

The Blues won 1-0 at Dunfermline on Saturday to hit the summitt after other results also went their way.

Aitken said: “If I’m being honest I didn’t expect us to be top of the league at Christmas especially when you are facing up to full time sides like Morton and Dunfermline but our form over the last three months has given us a chance and the players have been getting the results.”

A goal from skipper Frank McKeown was enough to secure a second victory over Dunfermline in as many weeks.

Aitken said: “It was a different game to the cup win and with Dunfermline changing their manager during the week, they certainly got a reaction and they had a lot of possession.

“But we defended well and on the basis of the game overall I think we deserved the win.

“David Mitchell also made a couple of good saves and he’s been doing that for a few years now.”

Stranraer host struggling Stenhousemuir at Stair Park on Saturday but Aitken isn’t getting over-confident.

“Being top of the table is a different challenge and with it comes more pressure.

“Stenhousemuir have a lot of good players so they’ll make it tough for us on Saturday and they’ll want to come and beat us at our home patch.”

As for Aitken himself, he says there’s been no approach from Ayr United over their vacant manager’s position.

“As I said last week, it’s nice that people want you in a job but there’s been no approach from Ayr United.

“I’m really happy with what I am doing right now and I want the opportunity to finish off what I have started here at Stranraer - but in football I suppose you never know what’s round the corner.”

Aitken also does not expect to strengthen in January.

“I don’t think we’ll add to the squad. We’ve got a few bodies to come back but we’ve got a good squad here at the moment to push on.”