Stranraer vs Airdrieonians preview
1st April 2016
Nicky Cadden feels the psychological boost of a win over Stranraer could be as important as the three points.
'Cadds' has established himself as a first team regular this season, and the 19-year-old midfielder is excited about the visit to Stair Park as Airdrie find themselves in contention for a play-off place with just five games remaining.
"It's a massive game, especially with only a few points separating us in the league.
"Having a game in hand over Stranraer and getting a result down there would give everyone, players and supporters alike, a lift going into the remaining games."
The Blues defeat to Ayr United last weekend gave the Diamonds renewed hope after they could only manage a draw against play-off rivals Albion Rovers.
Cadden is keen to look on the bright side.
"After a superb goal by Fitzy, to then concede in the last ten minutes was disappointing.
"We felt that a victory would have gone a long way to getting us to that all-important fourth spot - however we took a point, and Albion haven't beaten us this season, so you've got to look at the positives."
Airdrie failed to beat Stranraer in the two meetings at New Broomfield this season, but recorded an impressive 3:1 victory in Ayrshire last December - a stat which Cadden says is typical of the Diamonds' form this season.
"To be honest our results away from home have been better for some reason.
"We're going into this match with as much confidence as we did when we were there the last time - and we came away with an excellent result."
A win over Brian Reid's men would see Airdrie overtake them in the table having played one game less. With the Diamonds' play-off destiny in their own hands, a top four finish would be the icing on the cake after an excellent season for Nicky.
"I've been delighted to break through to the first team this year and get quite a number of games under my belt.
"I feel that I have done not too badly so far, but I've got a lot more to offer. In the Under 20s I was scoring on a regular basis so I feel I could contribute more to that side of the game."
The defeat to Ayr last weekend ended a four-match unbeaten streak for the Blues, who this week released Dutch striker Kevin Schmidt.
Airdrieonians Acting Head Coach Danny Lennon again has a full squad to choose from as he prepares to head South for the crunch showdown.
Gavin Duncan referees the Stair Park clash.