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Dumbarton match preview

5th August 2011

GRAEME OWENS says Airdrie have a promotion ambition as they gear up for tomorrow's league opener.

The Diamonds midfielder revealed the players are in a positive frame of mind ahead of the Second Division visit of Dumbarton.

Former Middlesbrough and Kilmarnock player Owens scored twice last Saturday in Airdrie's 5-0 romp at home to Stirling Albion in the Scottish Communities League Cup.

And he believes that victory has lifted confidence and fuelled ambition with a promotion challenge the target for everyone at the club.

"It was good to be back playing last week after injury," the Northumbrian said. "We didn't start the game well but we dominated after getting the first goal.

"Training had been a bit flat in the week leading up to the game but the gaffer and his staff got us back up and going again on the Saturday.

"We're going to take things one game at a time but we have big ambitions amongst ourselves.

"We want to push on and we feel there is a better squad here than last season. You've got to set your standards high and we want promotion. We've got to be looking to get up there.

"There isn't a full-time team in the division this season and I think that will be a plus for all the sides hoping to challenge near the top."

Owens reckons Airdrie's results at New Broomfield will be important and added: "Our home form is going to be crucial and if we can start well on Saturday, I think we will push on from there."

Diamonds boss Jimmy Boyle looks set to include the re-signed Jamie Stevenson but is without crocked midfielder Sean Lynch (ankle).

Dumbarton travel to the stadium missing three players. Defender James Creaney, midfielder Martin McBride and ex-Airdrie forward Bryan Prunty are all suspended.

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