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Airdrieonians v Dunfermline Athletic preview

4th April 2014

Airdrieonians boss Gary Bollan says his focus is on points not plaudits during the League One relegation run-in. 

The Diamonds chief saw his side nick a late point at Stranraer last weekend to make it just one defeat in 11 games for his rejuvenated team.

Bollan's men welcome promotion hopefuls Dunfermline Athletic on Saturday knowing a win could see them climb into seventh place depending on what Brechin City do against Ayr United.

And the gaffer admits playing pretty football is down the list of priorities when it comes to a fight for league survival.

"It's about grinding out results at this stage of the season when you consider where we are in the table and you could see our never-say-die attitude which is fantastic," the 41-year-old said.

"We're looking at the teams in front of us and not behind. That's the way we will go about things.

"East Fife managed to pick up a good result last Saturday [beating Forfar Athletic 2-1] but we got the point that has kept us ahead of them in the table.

"There is still a long way to go and a lot of points to be played for."

A poor run of form has seen Brechin dragged into the relegation battle in recent weeks.

And Bollan, who has on-loan Partick Thistle winger Caolan McAleer available again after suspension, believes that adds an extra dimension to the final month of the campaign.

"I think it helps pulling Brechin into the mix," he commented. "The more the merrier. There is pressure on everybody.

"But we've a tough game against Dunfermline Athletic and our focus is on that."

Midfielder Scott Stewart was handed his full debut for the Diamonds at Stair Park and the son of Airdrie legend Sandy performed well for the full 90 minutes.

Bollan says the 17-year-old from Rutherglen was worthy of an opportunity after applying himself in the right way during training and second-string matches.

"I thought Scott was excellent," remarked Bollan. "He's been doing really well in the under-19s and the reserves and deserved his chance.

"His work rate, effort and quality from start to finish was really good. I couldn't fault him."

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