Airdrieonians v Ayr United preview
26th December 2014
Jim Lister looks forward to "special" festive fixtures - and describes tomorrow's showdown with Ayr United as "a six-pointer".
The Honest Men visit New Broomfield for the last match of 2014 trailing Airdrie by a point, but with a game in hand.
And with recent performances seeing the Diamonds climbing out of the relegation zone, Lister feels that last week's performance against league-leaders Forfar Athletic shows how far the team have progressed.
"I felt the whole team were frustrated not to take 3 points at Forfar.
"We absolutely battered them for 75 mins, but we need to score at these times.
"We felt it was 2 points dropped. The team are fantastic at the moment with a real momentum going, which is pleasing".
The festive fixtures put a different slant on the traditional Christmas for footballers, but Lister insists the Airdrie squad take it in their stride.
"The schedule is a huge disruption to family life - but we're all used to this.
"There is something special at 3 bells during the festive period".
Ayr United parted company with their manager - former Diamond Mark Roberts - earlier this month.
With Andy Millen in temporary charge, Lister feels their players will have a point to prove - but insists that Airdrie need only worry about their own performance.
"It doesn't really change anything. We will still go out with the same purpose, desire and dedication as usual".
"Of course the players in the away team will be trying to solidify a place in the starting 11 - but we also have this.
"As far as this game goes it's a 6-pointer with huge rewards for the winner, so come on the Diamonds!"