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Stenhousemuir match preview

9th December 2011

RESPECTED skipper Paul Lovering says he is proud to have made 250 appearances for Airdrie.

The Diamonds defender reached the figure at Forthbank Stadium last Saturday and is now setting his sights on Stenhousemuir tomorrow.

"I'm really delighted to hit such a landmark and get another goal and it does mean a lot to me," he said after netting a penalty in his side's 4-1 win at Stirling Albion.

"I have had a fantastic time at Airdrie. I love it here. Everyone from the players in the dressing-room to the directors in the boardroom have been good to me over the years.

"To make as many appearances as I have is something that makes me very proud and I'm very pleased.

"It's a real privilege to captain the club, particularly with so many young guys coming through the ranks here.

"This is a fantastic club. The Ballantyne family have been great to me ever since I arrived and the fans have always got behind me."

Airdrie won their first away game of the season last weekend and, in doing so, ended a run of six league matches without a victory.

But Lovering knows more of the same will be required if the Diamonds are to begin climbing the table and has vowed to keep his feet on the ground.

The 36-year-old added: "Hopefully we can kick-on from here. We won't get carried away this result as we know we have a tough match at Stenhousemuir coming up."

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