Stenhousemuir vs Airdrieonians preview

14th August 2015

Bryan Prunty is hoping to bounce back from opening-day disappointment with a win at Stenhousemuir.

The striker knows what is required as the Diamonds aim to get their league campaign up and running at Ochilview.

"We must be clinical in front of goal and give nothing away cheaply at the back. 

"We want our first points on the board but know it will be a difficult match."

A Chris Templeman header after only 88 seconds gave Forfar Athletic all three points at New Broomfield last weekend, and Prunty says it wasn't good enough.

"The Forfar result was a huge disappointment for everyone. 

"The players know that the first half wasn't acceptable but after the break we created chances and had an all round better display - however we lost the game so it wasn't the start we had hoped for.

"Hopefully we can take our second half performance into the match at Ochilview."

Airdrie's upcoming League Cup tie against Rangers is the hot topic amongst the New Broomfield faithful at the moment, but Bryan knows league business is the immediate concern.

"The cup game against Rangers is a massive game for everyone at the Club - fans, coaches, players, and the board of directors - however there's arguably two bigger games in the league for us beforehand. 

"We must get points on the board before the cup tie."

The first opportunity to notch up those points comes with the short trip to Larbert to face Brown Ferguson's Stenhousemuir.

The Warriors narrowly avoided relegation last term, but picked up a good away point at Peterhead to kick off the new season.

With the addition of such players as Mark Gilhaney and Stephen Stirling, Stenny will be a tough proposition in their first home match of the campaign, although fellow newcomer Stuart Malcolm is suspended following his red card at Balmoor.

Airdrie are still without striker Jim Lister and midfielder Marc Fitzpatrick through injuries.

Gavin Duncan referees the Ochilview tie.

*Airdrie season ticket holders are eligible for a special initiative run by Stenhousemuir this season. Simply produce your Diamonds season book at the gate and admission will cost only £10.

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