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Stranraer Victory - In Steven And Stephen'S View

By Gordon Thomson
Sun, 18th Dec 2005 12:00am

Steven Masterton (pictured left) was undoubtedly proud of his late late winner against Stranraer. "I just knew the guys would not want me to rush it and I took my time and slotted it in. It didn't take a deflection but the ball swerved and the keeper was beaten. I've played the last eleven games following Paul's (McHale) injury but long may it continue"

Stevie confirmed that it had been a very difficult afternoon. "4-5-1 is such a tough formation to play against so we needed to keep a high tempo. At times it was hard, so to get the three points was magnificent."

Stephen O'Donnell continued the players' interpretations of events by acknowledging the worth of Masterton's goal. "It got me out of a hole. It would have taken me a long while to get over that miss so I was relieved when Stevie's shot went in. I've set myself targets this season I wanted to score seven by Christmas so that goal would have been great."

Stephen felt the win was justified. "We put in waves of attacks and Stranraer's tactics did frustrate us but overall I felt we played well enough. We did get a big let off when Leigh Hinds missed in the second half but it maybe gave us the kick we needed."

Stephen added: "Obviously the Celtic game has been mentioned but we have to concentrate on the League. I would rather score the winner against Brechin than Celtic as we now have a big chance over the next few weeks to get right into the pack and we need to get maximum points in all the games we face."