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Albion Rovers match preview

9th September 2011

IT'S derby day and Airdrie will be looking to end a run of three straight defeats when Albion Rovers visit New Broomfield.

The Diamonds host the men from Coatbridge in a league match for the first time in more than 21 years tomorrow.

A goal from Scott Gemmill earned Airdrie a 1-0 win at Rovers in the League Cup last season and boss Jimmy Boyle is anticipating another tough contest.

The manager said: "I remember the derby from last year. It was a tough game at their place and we were lucky enough to get the victory.

"I don't think last season's game will have any bearing on this one. We have a big, open surface here and both teams like to get the ball down and pass it.

"We know we need to start picking up league points as we've been disappointed to lose three league games in a row."

Boyle has been encouraged with certain aspects of his team's play but knows performances and results need to improve.

He added: "We've been in every game we've played. We just need to knuckle down.

"It's important for the players to know that there will be times when they'll be expected to perform and get results. That's what we'll have to do if we want to get a play-off place.

"You have to work hard to make things click. We have to work at our performance so we can create chances and cause teams problems. We have the ability to do that."

The Diamonds have midfielder Ally Woodburn and striker John Boyle available again following injury.

But youngsters Graeme Goodall and Fraser Keast are both absent as they battle back to fitness.

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