Stenhousemuir v Airdrieonians preview

8th August 2014

Paddy Boyle has deemed last week's League Cup performance unacceptable, and can't wait for a chance to rectify things. 

The defender has worn the captain's armband in Airdrie's opening fixtures, and aims to lead the Diamonds to victory at Ochilview on Saturday. 

"It's entirely understandable fans being unhappy. The performance on Saturday was unacceptable, and that was made clear in the dressing room during and after the match. 

"However, negative vibes around the stadium - especially when we have a squad with so many young players - will not help". 

The ex-Partick and Dunfermline defender has plenty of experience under his belt, and he believes that facing Stenhousemuir again so soon will have a positive influence. 

"I'm delighted to be getting another crack at Stenny straight away. They outplayed us in every department and it's good to get an opportunity to rectify that so quickly". 

Boyle is starting his second season at New Broomfield, and he's pleased that manager Gary Bollan has named him captain. 

"It's a privilege to wear the armband and I'm proud to lead the boys out onto the pitch. 

"It brings extra responsibility which I'm happy to take on board. It definitely makes defeats hurt that bit more, but hopefully it will make victory feel even better - starting on Saturday".

 

The Diamonds found themselves 2-0 down to Scott Booth's Warriors before staging a brief comeback, substitutes Scott Gray and Jack Kirwan combining to reduce the deficit. 

However, Stenny restored their lead straight away, their own sub Colin McMenamin capitalising on a defensive error to secure the win. 

Saturday's visit to Larbert may have a different prize - league points rather than cup progression - but Boyle says there is no change in preparations. 

"The mentality is the same for every game, and that is to win". 

Goalkeeper Lucas Birstingl and defender Robert Wilson have both signed contracts with Airdrie after featuring as trialists, and will be in the squad for the game. 

Referee Greg Aitken is the man in the middle for the league opener. 

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