Airdrieonians v Stranraer preview
19th September 2014
The league season may only be five weeks old, but Jamie Bain has described the showdown with Stranraer as a 'Cup Final'.
Bain (23), who has been deployed in a number of positions during Airdrie's stuttering start to the campaign, says a point is not enough as the Diamonds welcome last season's surprise package Stranraer.
"This game on Saturday is like a cup final. We need the win and the three points to show ourselves and the fans that we have still got what it takes to charge up the league.
"Even though a draw would mean a point and an improvement from last Saturday, three points is what is needed".
A bright first-half performance against Morton on Saturday proved not to be enough, as the Greenock men came from behind to win the tie 2-1.
Airdrie were left to rue a near-miss from Liam Watt at the beginning of the second half, which would have put the visitors 2-0 ahead.
"After being on top in the first half and going into the break 1-0 up, we thought to do the exact same thing in the second half would be fine"
"After our early chance in the second half we sat back and let them take the game, and it cost us three points".
The result left the Diamonds rooted at the foot of the table, while this week's rivals Stranraer were pulling away with a 2-0 win over league leaders Ayr United.
Bain concedes that performances and results haven't been good enough, but is optimistic about the rest of the season.
"I know we're much better than this, and so do the rest of the boys as we proved it towards the end of last season with something like 13 games unbeaten.
"But if you can't win games then you are going to be sitting at the bottom of the league".
A positive result on Saturday could be the catalyst for another winning run.
"Where we end up is is the big question, but if can get that win on our backs and show the fight again I have no doubt we'll be moving up the table".
Unlike most League One teams, Stranraer don't feature an ex-Diamond in their starting XI - although former U19 goalkeeper Daniel Tobin is likely to be on the bench.
Airdrie continue to monitor the fitness of strikers John Boyle and Jim Lister.
Des Roache is the man in the middle.