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Airdrie v Raith Rovers preview

22nd March 2013

Airdrie are preparing to face Raith Rovers for the sixth time this season with the hope of getting their first win over the Fifers. 

The Diamonds have lost three of the five matches between the teams so far with one of those defeats coming in the William Hill Scottish Cup.

Jimmy Boyle's men are also keen to bring a long winless streak at New Broomfield to an end with a first triumph on home turf since August.

Currently, the gap to Dumbarton in the Irn-Bru First Division relegation play-off position is five points. Airdrie are ten points adrift of Cowdenbeath in eighth spot.

A 3-2 defeat to the Blue Brazil last weekend at Central Park has not helped matters and once again highlighted the problem of conceding late goals.

With eight fixtures remaining, it's fair to say that time is running out for Airdrie in their quest for survival but the manager is not giving up.

He said: "We're losing very cheap goals late-on in games but I don't think we deserved to get beat on Saturday. It happened and we've just got to get on with it.

"I know there was a statement made saying that I'd thrown the towel in. Absolutely no chance of that.

"We will be fighting until it is mathematically impossible for us to stay up. I can guarantee you that we will be fighting.

"I've seen good progress from us going forward. We're scoring goals and creating chances. We now need to keep that back door shut."

Airdrie are without the injured trio of Gavin Griffin, Grant Evans and Paul Di Giacomo for the clash with Raith.

Long-term absentee Alan Cook is back in light training but is expected to miss the rest of the season.

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