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Airdrieonians v Brechin City preview

14th February 2014

Gregor Buchanan insists Airdrieonians must concentrate on doing their own job as the battle to avoid relegation from League One enters a crucial period.

The Diamonds return to action this weekend at home to Brechin City on the back of a three-game unbeaten run which has generated five points from a possible nine.

Gary Bollan's men will climb off the bottom of the table with a victory should Arbroath fail to win at fourth-placed Stranraer.

A draw will also be good enough to lift Airdrie from the foot of the standings for the first time since October providing the Smokies lose at Stair Park.

Anxious supporters will be listening out and checking their phones for updates from other matches.

However, Buchanan revealed the focus on the team has to be on their own results and performances if they are to avoid the dreaded drop.

"I don't think there is much between all the teams in the league with the exception of Rangers although teams are doing a lot better against them now," he said. 

"We have to focus on our own results as we've no idea what the other scores from the other games are going to be.

"This division is so unpredictable and our target has to be to catch one team at a time.

"These are vital games against Brechin then East Fife [on February 22]. We need to go into these matches with confidence as things have been picking up."

Meanwhile, boss Bollan is pleased with Airdrie's speedy play offensively.

And the 40-year-old hailed a positive mood in the camp as the campaign moves towards the end of the third quarter of fixtures.

He said: "We are quick middle-to-front and can counter quickly. We've got a bit of pace in the forward areas.

"The guys in the dressing room are bubbly and the atmosphere is good. If you have a happy dressing room, you've won half the battle."

Jamie Bain faces a suspension after crossing the disciplinary points threshold. Martin Hardie has left the Club. 

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