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Airdrieonians v Arbroath preview

2nd May 2014

Gary Bollan says Airdrieonians want to end the season in style – and set a benchmark for next term. 

The Diamonds will be defending a seven-match unbeaten run when they host Arbroath in their final League One match of the campaign on Saturday. 

Paul Sheerin's rock-bottom side arrive at New Broomfield fighting to avoid automatic relegation. 

However, Bollan insists there will be no going through the motions and told his players ahead of the 2-1 win at Stenhousemuir that they'd get the hook if they eased up. 

He said: "I've already said that we won't be doing any favours. We had two games to go and we want to win the both of them. 

"I warned the players that anybody who looked as if they were in holiday mode would be coming off whether it was after five minutes or 85 minutes. 

"We're here to do a job which is to win football matches. That's what we set out to do and I didn't have a failure in the team. 

"We want to finish the season on a high. It will build confidence going into next season. 

"There was no fear of it being a case of After the Lord Mayor's Show. It was the same when I was at Livingston and we won promotion before the end of the season. 

"It will be a similar game against Arbroath. They need to come down to our place and win. It will be open and we will take things as it comes at the weekend." 

Goals from Scott Stewart and Craig Barr helped the Diamonds see off Stenny and Bollan was pleased with the application of his team at Ochilview. 

He added: "We played well in spells, particularly in the first half. Stenny were on top in the second half but we did enough to get the three points. 

"I thought Scott and the other young ones were great and it shows the quality we have coming through. For him to get on the scoresheet will be good for his confidence. 

"Nathan Blockley came back into the team and I thought he was outstanding. He was more like the player we know." 

Bollan again highlighted the efforts of the players on the back of just one defeat in 15 games and clinching league safety with games to spare. 

"I've no complaints of them since the turn of the year," he admitted. "Our discipline has been great and the desire good. They've done what we've asked." 

Arbroath will be keeping one ear on events at Somerset Park where ninth-placed East Fife are playing Ayr United who need a result to reach the promotion play-offs. 

A Smokies defeat will see them go down. A draw will be enough if the Fifers lose as Arbroath have a better goal difference. A win clinches a relegation play-off spot if the Methil side fail to beat Ayr.

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