Brown Ferguson: Stenhousemuir can bounce back against Stirling

Brown Ferguson is expecting an improved performance from Stenhousemuir this weekend
Brown Ferguson is expecting an improved performance from Stenhousemuir this weekend
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Stenhousemuir have won only eight points from the first quarter of the season - their worst start since 2010-11 when they had the exact same position and points.

In that campaign they stayed up thanks to a victory on the last day of the season, but Warriors assistant manager Brown Ferguson is confident that the team will have turned things round long before then.

“There’s a lot of football left to play,” he said. “One of the most disappointing things of losing to Forfar in the manner that we did, was how well the players had trained in the week before. We talked a lot about the need to keep things tight, and then we lost a goal early on.

“When you’re up against a team like Forfar, who are top of the league and playing with a lot of confidence, it makes things very difficult. The second goal we lost wasn’t great either, but there wasn’t much we could do about the third.”

This weekend Stenhousemuir take on the team at the opposite end of the League One table - local rivals Stirling Albion. The Binos sit on six points, just two behind the Warriors.

While it’s too early in the season to talk about must-win games, Ferguson and Stenny boss Scott Booth are both aware that a victory is required to ensure they keep pace with the mid-table pack.

“The players are desperate for a win,” said Ferguson. “They want to put last weekend behind them, and they want revenge for the 4-5 defeat at home last time we played Stirling.

“We are expecting a very different game.

“Forfar are quite an expansive team, they try and get the ball out wide, but Stirling set themselves in a much more rigid formation and are more direct.

“We need to be ready to combat that.”

Martin Greacen is still injured, but Chris Smith played in Monday night’s reserve match against Stirling and is back in contention for a first team starting place.