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8th March 2014

Manager Gary Bollan says a seven-game unbeaten run has turned up the heat on Airdrieonians' relegation rivals.

The Diamonds hoisted themselves out of the League One drop zone for the first time since October with a 3-0 win at home to Ayr United last Saturday.

Due to Rangers' Scottish Cup quarter-final tie with Albion Rovers, Bollan's men are off this weekend and will instead travel to Ibrox on Wednesday, March 12.

And the gaffer declared himself satisfied with the team's turnaround in the last two months with the 3-0 defeat at Ayr in January the only blot on their copybook.

"We're going into a wee break with a bit of momentum and that puts a bit of pressure on the teams around us at the bottom of the table," Bollan said.

"We're on a good run and long may that continue. I can't fault the effort of the lads.

"Apart from that blip at Somerset Park I'm delighted with how we're doing and the fact we're moving forward."

Meanwhile, midfielder Liam Watt admitted he's just pleased to be getting a game after netting the second goal of his career in the demolition of nine-man Ayr.

The 20-year-old said: "I was played on the left side of midfield by the previous manager, Jimmy Boyle, so I know a wee bit about what's expected of me in that role. I'm happy to be playing.

"I feel fitter and stronger during games. The manager has really made a difference. It's excellent to be out of the relegation zone. If we keep winning we can keep climbing the league."

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