BY IAIN COLLIN – @CCP_sport
STRANRAER defender Scott Robertson insists victory over Livingston proves they can shake off the body-blow of their first-leg disappointment against Ayr United as they dream of promotion to the Championship.
The Blues looked set to take a slender 1-0 advantage to Somerset Park for tomorrow’s play-off final second-leg but succumbed to Ross Docherty’s injury-time equaliser in Wednesday’s first-leg at home.
However, Robertson insists they have recent form when it comes to recovering from late let-downs and can do it again.
In their semi-final against Livingston, after a 5-2 first-leg success, Brian Reid’s men lost two goals in the final four minutes of regular time in the return leg to allow Livi to force extra-time.
But the part-time Stair Park outfit proved their resilience and spirit to net twice in the second-half of extra-time to set up tomorrow’s tilt at promotion.
Robertson said: “It was a sore one to take in the 94th minute. But we took two sore ones against Livingston after 90 minutes, so we know it’s something we’ve dealt with before.
“We had about three minutes to deal with it against Livingston before extra-time kicked off and we’ve got three days to deal with it this time.
“We know what we have to do. It’s come down to one game, a cup final, and whoever plays the best on the day is going to take the prize.
“When you’re wanting to be a football player when you’re younger, these are the games you want to play in and, of course, you want to come out on the winning side at the end of 90 minutes or 120 minutes or penalties or whatever it might be.”