Airdrieonians v Brechin City preview

30th January 2015

Jamie Bain is looking for a repeat of the last time Brechin visited New Broomfield, but knows that any win will do for the Diamonds. 

The 23-year-old has been Airdrie's utility man this season, filling in a number of different positions, but has found himself in his favoured right-back position in recent weeks. 

The Diamonds made a late comeback against league leaders Stranraer last week, but Bain insists a point was scant consolation in a match the players feel they should have won. 

"After going behind last week late on, still being able to fight till the end and grab a point was good from the lads - but we were all disappointed we couldn't get the three points as I thought we were the far better team. 

"Our aim is to get to the playoffs so we want to be winning these games now." 

The man who "doesn't do tap-ins" has only troubled the scoresheet once this season - albeit with a crucially important late winner. Can we expect more spectacular goals from Jamie?

"That late goal at Ayr was just special. To come off the bench in the dying minutes and to score the winner was brilliant - but every game where I'm in positions where I can score, I try. So I wouldn't say the goals have dried up just yet!"

The team certainly found their shooting boots the last time Brechin came to town, knocking four past the Angus outfit without reply.

Bain wants a repeat performance, but warns Brechin are not to be taken lightly.

"The result last time round wasn't far off tremendous. We will be going out to do the same again hopefully, but we've got to give Brechin respect. 

"They have got players who will hurt us, so we've got to be aware of that and make sure we're the ones with the three points come 5 o'clock." 

While Ben Richards-Everton has returned to Partick Thistle, fellow defender Liam Lindsay has moved in the opposite direction and goes straight into the squad.

With Luca Gasparotto returning from international duty, manager Gary Bollan has more defensive options than in recent weeks.

Brechin currently occupy 4th position in the table, in the promotion play-off spot Bain covets.

Ray McKinnon's men fell victim to the weather last weekend as their match with Peterhead was postponed.

Jamie Masson has returned to Aberdeen, but ex-Diamonds Darren McCormack, Ewan McNeil and Alan Trouten could again line up against their former club.

Craig Charleston is the referee. 

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