Airdrie v Falkirk preview
7th December 2012
Gaffer Jimmy Boyle is encouraged by Airdrie's recent improved performances, and wants them to continue against rivals Falkirk tomorrow.
Steven Pressley's men may be three places above the Diamonds in the league, but only two points separate the teams and Boyle knows that a win would give his side a morale-boosting shunt up the table.
The matches involving Dumbarton, Hamilton and Cowdenbeath have already fallen foul to the weather, and Airdrie could find themselves as high as sixth after Saturday's card.
Boyle said "I feel that we are working hard. We’re in people’s faces and we’re defending well as a team.
“I’m happy with how things have gone in the past couple of weeks but I know that we can get a lot better.”
He recognises that Falkirk are in a similar position to Airdrie off the field as well, relying heavily on their youth system to provide first team players.
“Both teams are doing their best to bring through young kids. I think Steven is doing a good job but it’s easier for him as Falkirk are full-time and they have more time to work on things.
“Falkirk should be favourites. They are full-time and have quality players but so have we.
“I’ll be telling my players to have no fear and just go out and play. I want us to express ourselves in this game.”
Although depleted by suspensions to his namesakes John and Jack, manager Boyle has moved to secure the services of former Cowdenbeath, Partick and Dunfermline striker Liam Buchanan.
The frontman has initially signed a short-term deal, and Boyle was pleased with the capture.
"Liam obviously is looking for full time football but he has a good pedigree and has played in the SPL. I had been speaking to him for a while but he had to be released from Sligo first. He will add to our squad over the next few weeks."