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Livingston v Airdrie preview

1st March 2013

Jimmy Boyle wants Airdrie to build on their encouraging display at Partick Thistle when they travel to Livingston on Saturday. 

The Diamonds worked hard at Firhill and were only undone by a wonder goal from Jags forward Chris Erskine.

Boyle saw enough last weekend to believe that his players are capable of surviving in the Irn-Bru First Division.

And he is desperate to see his side reach another level and pick up three points at Almondvale.

He said: "We have to take the positives from last weekend's match and take them into the game with Livingston.

"It was a good defensive performance from everybody. It was a total team effort and that is what we need from now to the end of the season.

"Going forward, we need to be more clinical. We broke away seven or eight times but didn't put them under as much pressure as we should have.

"We're looking to be more creative this weekend. I'm looking for more crosses into the box and shots on goal. We want to be positive."

Livingston are in crisis ahead of the match after parting company with manager Gareth Evans. Director of Football John Collins followed him out the door after tendering his resignation.

Boyle revealed he was sad to see Evans jettisoned from his post but acknowledged that he and his players must focus on their own business.

He added: "We'll see what happens as to who comes in and replaces them but it's very strange.

"I know Gareth well. He is a very professional coach and works very hard and it's a shame to see this happen."

Airdrie have defenders Ricki Lamie and Marc Warren available again after both served two-match bans.

But the injured pair of David Lilley (groin/hamstring) and Sean Lynch (toe) are described as questionable.

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