Hamilton Academical v Airdrie preview
8th April 2013
Alan Cook knows there's more at stake than relegation against Hamilton Accies on Tuesday night.
The midfielder is one of a number of players out of contract in the summer and will be playing for his future.
He admitted "The last four/five games will be crucial to prove that I'm worth another contract."
This season hasn't been fair to Cookie, who has been out injured since September.
He returned to the squad against Morton on Saturday after being out with an ankle ligament problem he picked up against Partick Thistle when the Jags won 7-0.
By the time the former Stirling Albion player came off the bench at Cappielow the Diamonds were already 2-0 down thanks to a Peter MacDonald double.
MacDonald quickly grabbed his hat-trick before a Colin McMenamin penalty made it 4-0.
However Sean Lynch pulled one back before Cook capped off a remarkable return to the team by reducing the deficit to 4-2.
Ton made it 5-2 shortly after defender Grant Evans received a second yellow card, meaning he'll miss Tuesday's crucial fixture with Accies.
Cook added: "We've shown at times that there's no team that will beat you or play you off the park. It's been few and far between.
"For key parts in the game we've maybe made a slight error or not taken a chance and it's led to not picking up as many points.
"It's the small things that have been affecting us results wise which is impacting on the points.
"We can pick up a win against Hamilton no problem. We've already beaten them at New Douglas Park this season, there's no reason we can't do it again."