Defeat a travesty!

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20120107- Montrose vs Stranraer. 'Action from Links Park where Stranraer went top of the Third Division with a 1-3 away win. 'Montrose's Jonathan Smart and Stranraer's Craig Malcolm tangle. ''"Andy Thompson Photography", '"Copyright Andy Thompson Photography", '"No use without payment", '"www.atimages.com",

THERE was disappointment on Saturday for the Gable Endies when league leaders Stranraer turned the game on its head to take a 3-1 victory back to Stair Park.

But the result doesn’t tell the full story of an encounter which the Links Park men should have had well out of sight before The Blues stole the points with two late efforts.

After taking an early lead through top scorer Martin Boyle, Montrose went on to control the majority of the match, hitting the post twice, as well as having a perfectly good goal disallowed.

These misses proved costly as the visitors struck twice late on as the Gable Endies characteristic of not keeping clean sheets continued.

And despite Stranraer being at the top of the table there was really nothing between the sides during the 90 minutes, which makes the result all the more disappointing.

Manager Ray Farningham was keen to praise his players, and said that the game definitely changed when that major decision went against them.

The boss argued that football is a team game and defending is not the responsibility of just the back four. He added: “The defenders could blame the forwards for not taking scoring chances!”

On Saturday, Montrose have another home fixture, when Clyde, only one place above them in the league, pay a visit.

The teams have faced each other twice this season, with honours even. Clyde won by the only goal in the clash on August 20 at Broadwood, while on October 22 Montrose came from behind to proceed to the third round of the Scottish Cup with a 2-1 victory.

While keen to avenge the league defeat, Mr Farningham may be without experienced trio Paul Lunan, Stephen McInally and Alan Campbell, all “very doubtful”.

But he is still keen to get to the fray with his 15 available players, and said with determination: “We have got to get on with it!”

He added an interesting statistic, that the Gable Endies have scored in their last 14 or 15 games. “Probably only Celtic have equalled that!”