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Airdrie v Partick Thistle preview

12th April 2013

Sean Lynch is calling on the experienced players in Airdrie's young squad to step up to the plate and deliver a performance against Partick tomorrow. 

The midfielder has captained the side in the last two games which has seen the Diamonds ship ten goals and only score two in reply. 

Despite Dunfermline's 15 point deduction on Tuesday, it wasn't enough to inspire the young squad in the Lanarkshire derby which saw Hamilton Accies control the game.

Sean said: "We're disappointed with the results.

"It is a young squad compared to other teams in the league - three or four boys are still at school. I never actually knew that until someone told me! 

"I've never been in a dressing room like that; but they've actually done okay to come in this division and step up to the plate.

"To be fair to the young boys they listen and take it in and try to learn on their own. It's good to have boys that want to move on in their careers."

Grant Drummond is one player who was a surprise inclusion in the line-up against Accies, while Liam Coogans continues to impress manager Jimmy Boyle.

Despite their enthusiasm off the field, the young side were dominated on it by Accies at New Douglas Park on Tuesday night.

Stevie May opened the scoring with a penalty and went on to bag a hat-trick, with 17-year-old debutant Eamonn Brophy proving that Accies have their own youth potential by finishing the rout a minute from the end.

Sean added: "Everyone knows they have to get better as a team, not just the young boys even the experienced boys. 

"The onus is on the older boys to educate the young lads and the manager wants us to work hard and prove our footballing knowledge.

"The Partick game would be good to rectify the bad performances, especially as they're chasing the league."

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