Forfar match preview

26th August 2011

JIMMY BOYLE has hailed the influence of veteran defender Paul Lovering after his first-team return on Tuesday night.

The 35-year-old started Airdrie's shock 2-0 win over First Division Raith Rovers in the second round of the Scottish Communities League Cup.

Lovers' passion, enthusiasm and ability to organise and cajole his team-mates was in evidence as the Diamonds bounced back from successive league defeats.

And manager Boyle says the 16-year professional, who won promotion with the Diamonds in 2004 and captained the club to ALBA Challenge Cup success in 2008, still has plenty to offer his side.

Speaking ahead of tomorrow's trip to Forfar Athletic, he said: "Paul always gives you that bite. He works really hard for the team and gets people going around him.

"I was pleased to see him do well. He is still an influence at this level and that's why we signed him for another year.

"He is great to have around the place and he can still play in the Second Division."

Airdrie won all four of their league meetings with Forfar last season, notching up two 2-1 victories at Station Park in the process, but Boyle is guarding against complacency.

The manager added: "We beat Forfar four times last season but we know that won't count for anything this weekend.

"It will be a really difficult game and if we are to take anything from it, we will have to work really hard."

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